Saab - Buyer-Commodity Professional

POSTED: November 22, 2021
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Job Description:

Your role:

As Saab is building a new operation in West Lafayette, IN, we are seeking buyers to join and develop a world-class Supply Chain. The ideal candidate has strong leadership skills, and the ability to see opportunities and significant experience creating and delivering integrated strategies in Greenfield operations.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Execute the procurement of material, services, and production supplies including price, availability, delivery schedule (expediting), and final delivery of goods.
  • Coordinate the Return Material Authorization process with suppliers and assist in issuance and resolution of purchase orders and invoices.
  • Prepare, organize, and maintain electronic purchasing records and data documenting performance and compliance.
  • Data management in ERP system
  • resolve invoicing issues
  • Continuously develop and improve internal procurement processes.
  • Continuously improve the supply chain to secure competitiveness through the use of Industry 4.0 technologies, lean strategies, and implementation of best practices
  • Ensure best total landed cost through the entire supply chain in support of production in the most cost efficient way.
  • Manage supplier risk and develop mitigation plans.
  • Be an ambassador for Saab both with co-workers and with suppliers.
  • Deliver a people first culture in alignment to Saab leadership vision.
  • Develop working relationships and synergies with strategic sourcing managers within other parts of Saab, both Saab US and Saab Sweden.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or similar field required.
  • 3+ years of procurement experience in a large scale operation.
  • Experience with new sources of supply and contracts in Greenfield operations a plus.
  • Experience working with U.S. government contracts, including FAR/DFAR regulations.
  • Experience working in an international environment.
  • Ability to structure work tasks and deliver a high quality of work.
  • Effective inter-personal skills to engage and create trust at all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent communication and team building skills.
  • Manufacturing based sourcing and supply competence.
  • Proficiency with ERP systems including data creation and ERP execution.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to meet the following criteria: (i) pass a drug screen, (ii) complete a background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, and education and employment verification, and (iii) be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (unless granted an accommodation permitted by law and then in compliance with Saab’s requirements related to the accommodation, if any).


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, 3 weeks personal illness, bereavement, jury duty and disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a global defense and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defense, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number approximately 17,000 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.


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