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NAS Head of Procurement at Thales USA, Inc. (ATM) in Shawnee, Kansas

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Location: Overland Park, United States of America

In fast changing markets, customers worldwide rely on Thales. Thales is a business where brilliant people from all over the world come together to share ideas and inspire each other. In aerospace, transportation, defence, security and space, our architects design innovative solutions that make our tomorrow's possible.

Thales is seeking a Head of Procurement for the NAS group in Overland Park, KS. The NAS Head of Procurement is responsible for all procured aspects of bids, products and projects for Navaids & Non-radar Surveillance products lines within AMS BL. Those activities are done from Italy (Gorgonzola) and USA (Salt Lake City, Kansas City, Arlington).  This role is responsible to provide the best procurement solution (competitiveness, quality, on time delivery), while taking into account the customer’s needs and the overall Thales procurement strategy led by the Category Buyers. Additionally, the NAS Head of Procurement leads the NAS procurement Convention procurement stream and represents Procurement during all NAS management audience.

Key Responsibilities:

NAS Head of Procurement’s main mission is to develop and promote Thales’ procurement competitiveness internally as well as externally

  • Manage a Team of PPMs based in his perimeter

  • Ensure that all PPMs of his/her team apply procurement rules and best practices

  • Set Up a procurement team that will provide competitiveness to the NAS business within the Regions

    • by involving procurement in the early definition phase of solutions / product so that they are able to challenge the needs / requirements

    • by bringing added value from suppliers into the solutions

    • by securing delivery from the suppliers in terms of quality and on time delivery

  • Coordinate with the Segment and the Regional organizations on :

    • The procurement strategies of categories that impact the NAS business

    • The resources needed to work the procurement work packages

    • The sourcing decisions

  • In coordination with Supplier Performance and Process & tools teams, standardize practices and tools over the group procurement

  • Monitor the Procurements activities on bids/projects/products and to track competitiveness performance and risks/opportunities on procurement on his/her perimeter

  • Contribute to the acquisition MYB of the GBU, by providing the data related to his/her perimeter

  • Ensure compliance with the customers contractual requirements and compliance with Thales procurement policy and with the “Manage Acquisition” process of Chorus 2.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in a relevant field

  • 15 years experience in Procurement/Supply Chain

  • Strong procurement skills and good knowledge of procurement best practices

  • Management skills: management, team development

  • Knowledge of bids & projects stakes and main process

  • Background in Engineering / Technical matters, Project, Industry.

  • Understanding of the BL business model and of product's lifecycles

  • Make or Buy and risk management skills

  • Long term vision of product or project

  • Ability to commit and to deliver

  • Bid and Program management competencies

  • Bring added value / capture innovation

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Masters Degree in a relevant field

  • Previous experience leading a Procurement team

This position requires direct or indirect access to hardware, software, technology or technical data controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (AND) the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  All applicants must be eligible,  or able to obtain authorization, for such access.

This position will require successfully completing a post-offer background check. Qualified candidates with (a) criminal history will be considered and are not automatically disqualified, consistent with federal law, state law, and local ordinances.

Successful applicant must comply with federal contractor vaccine mandate requirements.

Thales champions inclusion and we believe diversity strengthens the fabric of our culture. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law

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