Commodity Specialist III (Sr)

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Not Specified
Jul 14, 2020
Oct 20, 2020
Job Role
Job Type
Manages Others?

First Shift

Job Summary

Applies extensive knowledge of principles, theories, concepts and industry practices of procurement and materials acquisition to support the compilation and acquisition strategy of proposals, tenders and bids related to aerospace activities. Provides commercial expertise in preparation and submission of robust proposals, serving as facilitator from start to finish of developing project proposals. Efforts include generating pricing for materials from a global supply chain from multiple suppliers; facilitate and lead efforts to develop “should costs” for materials and components.

Essential Functions & Key Responsibilities

•Coordinates commodity pricing strategies across NORDAM business units to support cost estimates for materials supporting bids, proposals and RFP’s. •Work with and assist Supply Chain – oIn negotiation of complex long term purchasing agreements with supplier partners in cooperation with NORDAM Legal team, often of high value and requiring a deep level of technical knowledge of the applicable aircraft system or subsystems. oReviewing price quotes and conferring with vendors to obtain product or service information such as competitive pricing, availability, and delivery schedule. oAssessment of make vs. buy decisions based on variety of factors including but not limited to internal costs and capabilities for core and non-core items oEnsure bids and costs are completed in timely manner •Responsible for review/preparation of detailed costs estimates to include labor (man-hours) and material requirements; develop clear understanding of work scope with respect to project. •Review technical proposal procurement requirements per the related contract specifications, drawings, etc. to ensure its completeness. •Ensure commercial materials pricing submissions to proposals are fully compliant with all necessary details; ensure estimates are generated methodically and in sufficient detail in accordance with good estimating practice. •Work closely with Business Development Account Managers through the proposal/estimating process. •Support Tollgate and pricing development meetings. •Researches cost structure of materials and manufacturing methods used to produce advanced technology components; understands elements of piece cost and investment for various procured materials. •Provides subject matter expertise to analyze supplier quotes to generate appropriate piece cost and tooling cost using estimating methods; evaluate costs of equivalent supplier products for best value; utilize available resources to cost materials, including historical data, materials data and vendor quotes. •Liaise with IPT functional partners assisting in the compilation of the technical proposal, including Operations, Engineering, Program Management, Quality, Supply Chain, Sales, Legal, and Finance to ensure the Technical Proposal is prepared on schedule and in compliance with the proposal requirements. •Assist in the identification, evaluation and ranking of risks as well as developing a strategy to manage and mitigate these risks; develop basis for appropriate contingency allowance for inclusion in the cost estimates. •Ensures the Estimate Basis is “Current Costs” and escalation is properly covered. •Carry out peer review of estimates compiled by others, checking for completeness and pricing accuracy, as required. •Maintain detailed and organized records of bid documents, correspondence, and other project specific information. •Perform various simple to complex “should cost” analysis to help manage product cost including preparation of Bottoms-up, Rough Order of Magnitude (RoM) and Parametric cost estimates resulting in cost targets and cost management rationale for Supply Chain / Procurement. •Assist in maintaining Lessons Learned database from existing projects. •Support continuous improvement of procurement techniques.

Ancillary Functions & Responsibilities

Performs other duties as required. These duties may include assignments in job classifications and departments other than the primary assignment.

Education Requirements

Minimum 4 Year / Bachelors Degree From an ABET-accredited institution
Preferred Belt or Black Belt certification
Preferred APICS certification
Preferred MBA in Finance, Economics or Marketing from an ABET-accredited institution

A combination of education, experience, and training may be substituted for the degree requirement.

Experience Requirements

Minimum 7 or more years Proposal, estimation or related experience
5 or more years Aerospace industry, SAP ERP system

Skills & Competencies

• Excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal and presentation skills to communicate effectively using electronic media and in written and verbal forms; ability to distill complex messaging into a concise, clear message. • Make telephone and direct personal contact with internal and external personnel and experience makes formal presentations to small or large groups. • Sound working knowledge of computer systems and applications and competent in the use of standard software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and standard office equipment. • Strong organizational and project management capabilities; very strong ability to collaborate and influence across multi-functional teams • Highly detailed oriented and sound, logical thought processes; strong aptitude with statistical and problem-solving tools. • Knowledge and familiarity with manufacturing processes and methods used to produce aerospace composite and metallic components. • Strong financial analysis skills; understanding financial impact of changes to design specification, manufacturing process, and supply chain costs. • Candidates must have US Citizenship or work authorization to work in the United States; ability to obtain/maintain security clearance, if required

• This position may provide administrative and technical leadership over other Stakeholders in the department • Work under general direction • Sound judgment, completeness and accuracy are expected • Exercises latitude in determining activities and approaches within moderate to wide parameters

Physical Requirements

Must be able to work in excess of eight (8) hours per day and five (5) days per week, if required. Additionally, those who work at NORDAM Repair Division must be able to ascend and descend stairs.

Physical Demands
Walk - Frequent; Use hands to handle or feel or manipulate - Frequent; Reach with hands and arms - Frequent; Stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl - Occasional; Talk and hear - Frequent; Use close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust - Constant; Travel between facilities (drive) - Occasional; Stand - Occasional: Climb Stairs - Occasional

Lifting Requirements 25 lbs - Occasional

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the Stakeholder is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The NORDAM Group LLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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