Buyer in Ottawa at Curtiss-Wright

Date Posted: 12/4/2019

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Job Description

We Push Performance to the Limits

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions is a long established technology leader in the development of rugged electronic modules and embedded systems for defense applications. We serve as a technology and integration partner to our customers, providing a full range of advanced, highly engineered solutions from modular open systems approaches to fully custom optimized solutions.

We are looking for a high-energy, change-driven, experienced team player to be part of our Global Supply Chain team in Ottawa. This senior position requires a qualified professional with a proven track record of assessing commodity requirements, sourcing, and managing vendors for materials and services. The successful candidate must bring significant experience in procurement of multiple commodities including components, PCB's, mechanicals, and services in an MRP environment.


Working in close partnership with the Engineering and Operations teams:

  • Prepare and manage RFP/RFQ proposals, purchase agreements, and statements of work.

  • Evaluate quotations/proposals to determine recommended vendor sourcing.

  • Ensure Approved Vendor List management and compliance.

  • Assess material demand to determine procurement requirements, and prepare and execute Purchase Orders in compliance with Policy.

  • Monthly review and reporting of commodity/vendor KPI's.

  • Manage vendor relationships.

  • Proactively identify efficiency and/or cost savings opportunities and programs, and work with both vendors and internal teams to drive implementation.

  • Support process improvement initiatives and management of obsolescence issues.

  • Closely manage system data (pricing, lead times, dates, etc.) to ensure accuracy and monitor orders to ensure vendor commitments and/or expedite needs are fulfilled.

  • Initiate and facilitate RMA process with vendors to return non-conforming product for credit and replacement

  • Perform Other duties as assigned


  • Thorough understanding of automated procurement systems and MRP.

  • In-depth knowledge in the areas of procurement, planning and material management.

  • Proven negotiation skills.

  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Process-oriented, with an eye for identifying and driving efficiencies through change.

  • Outstanding teaming, interpersonal, and relationship building skills including influencing and collaboration with internal and external customers and partners.

  • Ability to cope with ambiguity and frequent change in direction.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Customer focus.


  • Post-secondary degree/diploma in business or supply chain management.

  • Minimum of 3 years supply chain experience in an MRP environment.

  • Deep working knowledge of SAP is an asset.

  • Six Sigma / Lean Manufacturing knowledge desirable.

  • Experience in an AS9100C environment is an asset.

  • Strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Suite of products.

This position may require exposure to information which is subject to US export control regulations such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must meet eligibility requirements of the ITAR and of the Controlled Goods Directorate (CGD).

Curtiss-Wright values diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you require accommodation due to a disability at any time during the recruitment and/or assessment process, please contact HR and we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your request.