L3 Technologies Buyer in Ayer, Massachusetts




We are a company of innovators, game changers, and entrepreneurs. As a prime contractor, we provide a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military and commercial platforms across the globe. We embrace innovative and progressive ideas to advance our products for military and commercial customers. Electronic Systems Segment (ESS) is one of four L3 business segments, and provides a broad range of aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training.

We are searching for a Buyer at our Power Management- Ayer MA. location.

You will demonstrate success by:

The Commodity Buyer has direct hands-on and management responsibility for accurate and timely purchasing and planning of a category of commodity materials. The Commodity Buyer is an expert at managing demand for materials needed to meet Production commitments of Quality and On Time Delivery. Daily responsibilities include executing best practices for timely purchase order (PO) placement, estimating material costs & lead time for customer quote bids, and maintenance of outstanding supplier PO commitments. Measures of success for performance include meeting demand for material & estimates with a low backlog of outstanding PO & quote lines, Customer OTD, and efficiency metrics managing Supplier POs (e.g. cost, lead time, quoting, delivery, quality, RMAs, etc.). The Commodity Buyer is responsible to identify and take actions on solutions to procurement issues that include supplier performance, supplier selection, obsolescence, data/specification/documentation completeness, and other causes of delay.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Must be the Henschel expert in managing any assigned material commodities (e.g. PCB/electronics, sheet metal, machined parts, etc.)

  • Analyze, manage, and implement actions relating to material requirements that ensure an uninterrupted flow of materials and services for Production using MRP, Pull Indicators (e.g. kanban, min/max, manifests, etc) and New Product Introduction project plans.

  • Anticipate and proactively mitigate risks to material procurement commitments. Work with an emphasis to not allow a Henschel customer order to go late.

  • Lead commodity planning with Sales, Marketing, and Production in meeting customers’ needs (guaranteed Promise Dates), minimizing Production (WIP) delays, and ensuring supplier quality.

  • Identify and obtain Engineering and other documentation essential to meet Production schedule and customer OTD requirements.

  • Manage obsolescence so that commitments to Henschel customers are not at risk.

  • Expeditiously maintain and execute RMA process for designated part numbers.

  • Expeditiously quote parts, services, and delivery options as required.

  • Create and maintain all reporting requirements (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly) as needed to monitor purchasing activity levels, support build schedules, and maintain replenishment systems.

  • Work and plan to eliminate commodity material shortages and work order delays through direct involvement with Production resources, Suppliers, and Project personnel.

  • Identify, plan, communicate, and implement continuous improvement opportunities that eliminate waste, delay, and data inaccuracies.

Our Values are an integral part of who we are. We seek candidates who share our values:

  • Integrity

  • Excellence

  • Accountability

  • Respect



Education and Experience

  • BA/BS with a minimum of 5-7 years of commodity material management.

  • Minimum of 5 years experience with material & supplier quantitative performance reporting responsibility to management.

  • Minimum 5 years experience with ERP/MRP demand & forecast systems and demonstrated continuous use and mastery of these systems.

  • Must have excellent MS Excel skills and demonstrated experience with timely spreadsheet analysis.

  • Demonstrated Leadership ability.

  • Demonstrated continuous improvement lead and problem solver.

  • Demonstrated ability to exceed expectations (beyond daily work requirements).

  • CPM or APICS certification Strongly desired.

Skills, Knowledge and Conditions

  • Excellent computer skills with strong proficiency in Windows™ interface, Microsoft Office™ package (Microsoft Outlook®, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft Word®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, Microsoft Access®), Microsoft Project and software.

  • Ability to read, interpret and comprehend complex written and verbal instructions as well as technical publications, customer specifications, prints & drawings.

  • Strong knowledge of FAR, ITAR, Counterfeit materials, obsolescence, conflict minerals and demonstrated knowledge of business challenges and opportunities driven by technology and regulations unique to the Defense market.

  • Exceptional interpersonal, and decision making skills.

  • Excellent organizational skills with keen attention to detail

  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

  • Must be able to exhibit a positive attitude and communicate clearly and effectively, and, most importantly, promote collaboration among the team by listening intently to what others are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions when appropriate, and allowing others to speak without interruption.

  • Must be available to travel.

  • Must be able to obtain a security clearance, if required.


L3 Technologies, Inc. is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3 provides equal employment opportunity for all persons, in all facets of employment. L3 maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified and all will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic.

Job Purchasing-Multiple Functions

Primary Location USA-Massachusetts-Ayer

US Security Clearance Required: Other

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day - 1st

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Organization: Division - Maritime Systems-20000052

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Job Posting: Jul 13, 2018, 10:43:35 AM

Req ID: 099975