179667 - Category Manager
CA-S.Cali-Los Angeles/Orange Counties
$33.65 to $43.27 DOE
3+ Months CTH
Chipton-Ross is seeking a Buyer/Category Manager for an opening in Mojave, CA.

Aerospace experience a MUST

Chipton-Ross is seeking a Buyer/Category Manager for an opening in Mojave, CA.

Experienced procurement professional to support the procurement related activities associated of the company. This person will be responsible for sourcing new and existing materials/products, selecting and recommending new suppliers, supplier management, ensuring contract compliance, negotiation of commercial terms, cost savings, cost avoidance, and value enhancement initiatives associated with these procurements to positively impact the procurement and operational functions of the business.

" Strategically implement, manage, and communicate sourcing projects and category management with aligned goals (savings, customer service, etc.)
" Develop negotiation strategy and lead negotiations to support those sourcing initiatives.
" Identify gaps and opportunities for training, resources, and tools for the programs.
" Identify barriers to successful performance and provide potential solutions for their removal
" Drive standardization of materials and processes.
" Provide outstanding customer service to both internal and external customers
" Ability to lead meetings with customers/vendors as required and represent the company at conferences and networking platforms.
" Support inventory management initiatives as required.
" Leverage best practices to drive improved quality, delivery excellence, and continually reduce costs and improve the product and services for our customers.
" Execute strategic goals and objectives in support of the overall company goals and objectives.
" Actively identify optimal levels of customer service and continually monitors areas for improvement.
" Understand stakeholder requirements through a variety of means including meetings, survey analysis, and teleconferences.
" Provides support to ensure compliance with international and U.S. laws related to import/export activity

" Minimum of combined total 5 years of experience as a category manager, commodity manager, or senior buyer is required; At least 3 years' experience in aerospace/aviation/technical management is preferred.
" Bachelor's degree in Business/Materials Logistics Management, or similar
" Knowledge of Oracle EBS or similar ERP/MRP system.
" Ability to assess contract compliance and product/service quality
" Ability to assess contract compliance and product/service quality
" CPIM, CSCP, and/or CPSM certification is a huge plus.
" Strong negotiation skills with the ability to coach and positively influence the behavior and skills of others.
" Demonstrates a proven record of exceeding customer expectations.
" Strong knowledge of office software skills including MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
" Experience from a startup environment is highly preferred.
" Understanding of import/export processes including ITAR.

" Practical approach/ leads by example. Happy to be hands on and work closely with cross functional teams.
" Knowledge of various procurement methods, strategic sourcing, and supply chain practices.
" Subject Matter Expert within the material categories, market places, indexes, and trends arena.
" Prior demonstrated leadership skills.
" Excellent knowledge of Oracle EBS, other ERP software, and/or maintenance software packages.
" Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
" Excellent communication skills (team, management, and suppliers).
" Organized, detail oriented, and structured approach.
" Incredible energy and passion with a resourceful attitude.
" Self-motivated. Enjoys work independently and as a team.
" Ability to react to change and thrive in a fast paced start up environment.
" Flexible and adaptable.
" Knowledge of FAR/DFAR a plus.
Procurement of composite parts and tools a plus*

Accredited Bachelor's degree in Business/Materials Logistics Management, or similar


Employment will be contingent on clearing a drug screen and background check. Both must clear prior to start date.

Chelsie Goodreau
420 Culver Boulevard
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

Phone: (310) 414-7800 x254 or (800) 927-9318 x254

Candidates responding to this posting must currently possess the eligibility to work in the United States. No third parties please.

Employment will be contingent on candidate clearing pre-employment drug screen and background check.

Chipton-Ross provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, State or local law. This policy governs all areas of employment at Chipton-Ross, including recruiting, hiring, training, assignment, promotions, compensation, benefits, discipline, and terminations.