Date Posted
01 Oct 2019

Cobham is seeking a Buyer I. The selected candidate will procure materials using an MRP tool as well as requisitions from Oracle, understand what parts need to be purchased to support production for a given set of end products (and specific set of suppliers), work to receive parts on time, at the most competitive cost possible, and meeting all specifications.  They will also expedite parts when needed, work with quality, engineering, and facilities management personnel to replace defective parts ASAP and re-source parts as needed.  There may also be special projects assigned to continuously improve site performance. This position is for future opportunities and located in Davenport, IA.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Review and issue purchase-orders and make necessary changes to include: obtaining quotes, negotiating costs, payment terms, and related issues.
  • Collaborate with on-site VMI (vendor-managed inventory) suppliers to ensure timely delivery of parts to production lines and continuously improve part delivery methods.
  • Procure a variety of goods and services in accordance with company policies in an MRP/ERP environment.
  • Expedite and track required parts or processes to support production schedules.
  • Perform duties in accordance with FAR, DFAR, and other government regulations in accordance with Cobham policies and procedures.
  • Serve as a liaison between internal Cobham customers and suppliers.
  • Execute engineering changes within the plant and with external suppliers.
  • Assist in resolving supplier related quality issues.
  • Perform all duties according to prescribed safety, health, and environmental principles. 


Minimum Requirements:

  • Associates Degree.
  • This position requires access to technology, materials, software or hardware that is controlled by export laws of the US. In order to be eligible you must be either a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 2+ years negotiating experience.
  • 2+ years purchasing experiencing in a manufacturing environment.
  • 2+ years experience in the Aerospace Industry.
  • Professional certifications (i.e. APICS, ISM, etc.).
  • 2+ years experience in purchasing with US Government Contracts.
  • 2+ years working knowledge of ERP or MRP Systems.
  • 2+ years experience reading blueprints.
  • 2+ years experience using Microsoft Office Suite


For more information regarding the Davenport facility and products manufactured there, please visit the below links:


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