Purchasing Manager

Harris   •  

Rochester, NY

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


8 - 10 years

Posted 35 days ago

Job Description:

The Purchasing department is responsible for the execution of procurements in support of all SIS North Programs and Departments in alignment with the organization's quality, cost, revenue, and delivery objectives. Purchasing executes procurements consistent with Harris Policies & Procedures and its Code of Conduct.

This position is responsible for managing the Electrical commodity buying team engaged in the procurement of material, equipment, products, and services used on Commercial and Government Programs in the Defense and Aerospace industry. The Purchasing Manager provides oversight and direction to Buyers that perform the following duties:

  • Procurement of materials, equipment, products and services with a full breadth of complexity and value. Including but not limited to IC's, passives, actives, PWB's, connectors, wiring, box builds and CCA's.
  • Negotiate with suppliers, evaluate bids, and select suppliers based on price, delivery, quality, and service.
  • Resolve procurement / supplier execution problems and make recommendations on solutions. Interface with material management, engineering, quality, and program management on solutions.
  • Monitor activities against department objectives and submit performance reports to management.
  • Utilize MRP systems, PeopleSoft financial system, Supplier Rating System, RI Web Applications, Supplier Net applications, etc.
  • Assist in the development of strategic supplier relationships.
  • Identify new sources of supply as required and lead actions to have them added to the Qualified Supplier List.
  • Participate and/or lead projects/teams as assigned.
  • Identifies process improvements and facilitates implementation.
  • Attend meetings & conference calls with programs to manage more complex procurements.

In addition, the Purchasing Manager also must:

  • Collaborate with key business area stakeholders and Integrated Project Teams ("IPT") to establish/ensure general material spend/delivery requirements are met.
  • Work in conjunction with Material Management/Planning, Business Process/Analytics, and Purchasing on material delivery strategies, prioritization, and program execution.
  • Work with the appropriate IPT's and Materials Management & Planning to assure proper implementation of Engineering Change Notifications and Orders ("ECN's" and "ECO"s).
  • Work with Supplier Quality and Quality Assurance to develop and drive supplier metrics consistent with SCM goals to include quality, cost and delivery.
  • Collaborate with Supply Chain Compliance on efforts to maintain and improve Supply Chain policies and procedures. Evaluates/analyzes Supply Chain processes and makes recommendations for changes necessary for economical and efficient Plan/Source/Make/Deliver execution.
  • Analyzes plans and projects to conduct required functional audits, analyze proposals, and assesses related commercial/technical data to develop & execute Continuous Improvement Programs.
  • Provide mentoring and supervision to staff members.
  • Write and hold mid-year and year-end performance reviews and conduct career development discussions.
  • Responsible for managing any performance issues of staff members including attendance or ability to carry out job responsibilities.
  • Monitor and assign work to purchasing staff and coordinate with group leaders to balance workload.
  • Review purchase order packages above buyer signature authority.
  • Champion organizational objectives and provide guidance to staff members.
  • Responsible for disseminating information to and from staff members utilizing formats such as stand up meetings and/or staff meetings.


  • BS/BA Degree with a minimum of 8 years of experience in Supply Chain.

Preferred/Required Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with procurement and material management processes on Government and Commercial Programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Negotiation and follow-up skills.
  • Ability to focus, prioritize, and multi-task successfully to drive projects to closure.
  • Supervisory experience with personnel management, conflict resolution, scheduling, and workload planning.
  • High computer literacy – ability to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Broad based commodity experience with Mechanical (machined/fabricated parts and inspection), Electrical parts (component recognition, component measurement, handling, counterfeit, ESD).
  • Six Sigma Training/skills, Six Sigma Green Belt/Black Belt Certification.