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Sr. Manager, Purchasing in Ottawa at Curtiss-Wright

Date Posted: 5/26/2019

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Job Description

The Opportunity | Senior Manager, Purchasing

Reporting to the Senior Director Supply Chain and Customer Services, the Senior Manager Purchasing is responsible for leading an experienced team of senior professionals responsible for the timely, cost-effective procurement and management of materials. Although a Senior Manager, the successful candidate is expected to engage directly at a working level contributing to overall team deliverables. This role has the potential to develop quickly and grow into a Director-level position with increased functional responsibility.

Responsible for managing a global supply base that supports the Curtiss-Wright COTS Solutions business unit's AS9100D certification and end-customer quality and delivery needs, this position is also pivotal to ensuring continued strong financial performance contributing to revenue, margin, and working capital achievement.

Major Accountabilities/Deliverables

  • Provides strong leadership, guidance and direction to Purchasing staff, establishing team and individual development plans and performance goals that align with company objectives and the Annual Operating Plan.

  • Establishes procurement and stocking strategies working with Planning, Customer Services, Quality and Warehouse teams to provide a closed loop system of material management and supporting revenue/order fulfillment drive while minimizing risk of E&O liability to Curtiss-Wright.

  • Ensures compliance with customer and Curtiss-Wright Quality Management Systems, providing front-end terms and contractual oversight as well as back-end supply chain execution and QMS alignment.

  • Working in conjunction Quality, Engineering, Supply Management, and Manufacturing to support supplier selection, performance management, and issue resolution processes to ensure the supplier base meets company needs for cost, quality, delivery and customer service.

  • Negotiates terms and contracts, using creative mechanisms to exceed Curtiss-Wright performance and management expectations.

  • Reports key metrics that measure supplier performance and develops action plans to drive improvement where needed.

  • Leads annual material standard costing exercise, monitoring and providing updates where necessary to enable accurate costing of Curtiss-Wright products.

  • Takes an active role in policy & procedure creation/ implementation, objective setting, and financial budgeting processes.

Required Skills

  • Outstanding leadership, coaching, and interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and sustain strong relationships at all levels with direct staff, internal partners, and suppliers

  • Action-oriented, timeline-driven and adaptable to changing priorities.

  • Metrics-driven, with exceptional analytical skills.

  • Strong propensity to operate independently to drive execution and continuous improvement, demonstrating sound judgement of when to leverage executive management.

  • Solid, proven negotiation and contract management skills.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Diversified, adaptable team player.

  • Strong understanding of financial fundamentals and reporting practices.


  • Senior professional with 10 years of business management experience in roles including Procurement, Supplier Management, Contract Management, Program Management, and Planning.

  • Multi-disciplined background or significant exposure to broad scope of functional disciplines including supply chain, manufacturing, and finance.

  • University degree in Business Administration, Engineering or a related field.

  • Hands-on, working knowledge and experience with CRM and ERP systems; SAP experience strongly preferred.

  • Six Sigma / Lean Manufacturing knowledge desired.

  • Experience managing procurement in compliance with AS9100 requirements desired.

  • Aerospace/Military market experience is an asset.

What You'll Find at CW

Challenging Work - The work we do at Curtiss-Wright is not only challenging, but it is meaningful to our customers, our employees and the communities in which we live and work.

Independence-- At Curtiss-Wright, you have the independence to invent, create and innovate; and the opportunity to work on the most advanced technology in our industry.

A Collaborative Environment -- The teamwork among our exceptionally talented people enables us to deliver some of the most advanced solutions to our customers.

We Offer

Curtiss-Wright is proud to offer our employees a comprehensive total rewards package:

  • Competitive Pay

  • Health and wellness benefits, including medical, dental, life insurance and more

  • Savings opportunities for retirement, with an opportunity to become a shareholder

  • Learning and development opportunities

  • Recognition for your contributions 

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 Talent Acquisition and we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your request.