Rockwell Collins Commodity Sourcing Lead in Winston Salem, North Carolina

B/E Aerospace is the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products. B/E Aerospace designs, develops, and manufactures a broad range of products for both commercial aircraft and business jets. For more information, visit the B/E Aerospace website at

As a leader in the aerospace industry, we are growing rapidly and have a number of exciting positions available right now, including a Commodity Sourcing Lead in our Cost Optimization Team within the Interior Systems Supply Chain function located in Winston-Salem, NC


The Commodity Sourcing Lead will be responsible for partnering with the Site Strategic Souring Teams to deliver cost reduction projects. This will entail working all three streams of cost management; sourcing, negotiation and design. Further, the role requires the identification or project opportunities through cross-functional engagement. The role leads efforts to optimize cost, minimizing risk, increasing cash, and eliminating waste at the program and commodity level. A combination of project management skills and a proven ability to integrate and function in multiple cross-functional teams is required. Success in the role requires supply chain knowledge across multiple regions and commodities. This position will work with external suppliers, and will function within program teams consisting of program management, design engineers, manufacturing, sales, and quality personnel. The Commodity Sourcing Lead fosters partnerships to leverage innovation and operates as commodity subject matter expert at the program level. The role works closely with the New Product Development Supply Chain Managers to coordinate long term supply base options with a strong focus on driving Low Cost Country Sourcing.


  • Work with design engineers, sales, marketing, quality, suppliers, and manufacturing to identify, plan and implement cost reduction projects.

  • Re-source, Re-negotiate, Re-Design

  • Challenge existing design concepts and technology choices to ensure product is designed to optimize quality and cost.

  • Ensure that the implementation of projects results in zero disruption to the business via thorough risk planning/management and effective stakeholder engagement.

  • Drives year or year Cost Reductions on multiple commodities and Interior Systems Programs.

  • Develops joint strategies with suppliers to improve total cost of ownership.

  • Monitors new products available on the market and analyzes new sources of supply to recommend suppliers, satisfy project requirements, and reduce costs.

  • Prepares bid packages, solicits bids and quotations, reviews and negotiates purchase contracts for parts and makes recommendations based on commercial, total cost, and technical factors.

  • Understands new and emerging technologies in the commodity supply base. Tracks and socializes alternative technologies and associated implications on cost, quality and risk.

  • Works with internal stakeholder budgets and performs spend analysis to develop annual sourcing plans that meet defined savings targets and leverage sourcing tools and techniques to identify sourcing levers and create a competitive cost advantage.

  • Proactively monitors project implementations for stability with respect to supplier performance, develops target KPIs, and ensures constant communication with cross-functional team (engineering, manufacturing, and quality).

  • Performs other related duties as required.

  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 50% domestically and internationally.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university or an equivalent combination of formal education, on-the-job training, and/or work experience.

  • Minimum of 5 years of Manufacturing related experience.

  • Strong financial and analytical skills and ability to furnish a business case.

  • Self-starter with proven track record of implementing/executing complex cost reduction projects.

  • Successful pricing and contracts negotiations experience is required.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, Access) applications.

  • Experience in delivering value engineering projects.

  • Understands Aerospace Certification impacts of design changes and experience in navigating through the engineering change process.

  • Familiar with Aerospace supplier quality, engineering, manufacturing and material control requirements.


  • Experience operating in a matrix organization.

  • Experience running multiple, large complex cross functional projects * Experience working with low cost country suppliers.

  • Experience in roles involving change management - continuous improvement programs, including supplier improvement programs and cost reduction programs.

  • Experience “selling” ideas internally with a history of successful implementation.

  • Experience working with eBOM/mBOM details; Ability to read engineering drawings.

  • Familiarity with emerging technologies.

  • International sourcing experience and familiarity with Import/Export/ITAR licensing requirements.

  • MRP user experience.

  • Six Sigma, Kaizen or Lean Manufacturing experience is a plus.

    EOE/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled. 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.