Jun 10, 2018

Technical Procurement Planner Careers - Air Arabia

  • Air Arabia
  • Sharjah - United Arab Emirates
Full time Purchasing Jobs Aviation, Transportation & Logistics

Job Description

Job Title:  Technical Procurement Planner

Company Name: Air Arabia

Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE)


Job Summary:  The Technical Procurement Planner will plan the provision of routing and contingency aircraft spare parts and material. The role ensures cost-effective planning of both scheduled and unscheduled procurement demands raised by the Technical Management in line with Company’s standards and adopted procedures.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Collaborates with Stakeholders to ensure all the technical procurement requirements are been identified, categorized and planned timely and cost-effectively in line with business needs and as per Company’s defined measures and Airbus approved specifications
  • Contributes to setting-up the technical procurement strategy, operating procedures and Suppliers’ KPIs to secure the provisioning of any new equipment for Air Arabia fleet; applies proper calculation tools for the provisioning of Consumables and Expendables to optimize holding
  • Assists the Manager in preparing budget and forecasting cost estimates for both routine and non-routine needed items based on operational requirements, and stock/inventory data
  • Utilizes historical data and system reports and Stakeholders’ input to analyse the purchase, exchange, repair, loan and warranty orders and prepare monthly planning for the procurement and repair processes
  • Monitors the critical components and trends of defects to plan for replacements within agreed timeframes and avoid AOG situations; handles ad-hoc technical requirements based on situation and need
  • Liaises with Engineering and Maintenance teams to identify any new requirements and plans the purchase/lease/loan accordingly
  • Progress chases outstanding purchase orders and updates the details regularly to avoid generating AOG orders
  • Partners with the Technical Services team to assess and identify the parts/components service life and decide on the provision of the kits and consumables for the modification, reconfiguration and product improvement projects
  • Works closely with the technical buyer to ensure best quality and prices are being achieved for all purchases and services throughout the agreed contracts and SLAs and in line with planned material
  • Collaborates with Technical Buyer to ensure the negotiations conducted with suppliers on commercial contracts terms and prices all are done as per Airbus and OEMs’ approved specifications, Airworthiness regulations and Air Arabia adopted procedures and quality standards
  • Monitors and controls the inventory replenishment with minimum stock level of parts through proper planning considering the turnaround time needed for purchasing/repair action
  • Liaises with stakeholders to identify actual or potential delays in procuring materials and ensures the alternate solutions are put in place
  • Coordinates with AOG desk and logistics team for all requirements whenever it is necessary
  • Prepares the C-check preload material requirements, coordinates with the stores and inventory team to ensure the physical availability of material and accurate preload; monitors all outstanding items under discrepancies for expedited closure
  • Monitors the core return process and liaises with Rotables Controller team to close all exchange orders and repair orders in the company inventory and logistics system
  • Partners with the Technical Buyer to establish the required material coding system and account set-up procedures in conjunction with the Finance Department and respective suppliers
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications and establishing personal networks
  • Demonstrates forward planning, initiative, and business process improvement, whilst tackling extra duties


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Management or equivalent from a recognized university; alternately, a higher diploma or certificate in the related field from a recognized university or engineering college combined with the needed experience and exposure
  • Engineering Inventory Software certificate is a plus
  • Three years’ related working experience in a similar role handling technical procurement in the Engineering Department in the Aviation industry; low cost airline is an advantage
  • Specialized industry knowledge in procurement & inventory management systems, acquisition & Contract management
  • Project Management certificate, or alternately the proven corresponding working experience
  • Capable of using technology systems & tools; proficient in Microsoft Office skills
  • Cost Control, Compliance, Budgeting and Quality Assurance trainings are an added value and some may be treated as conditional for this role
  • Professional membership of associations related to the Aviation/Airlines industry is a plus
  • Very good written and verbal communication skills: reporting, presentations, etc.
  • Fluent in English Language
  • Possesses appropriate knowledge of the legal requirements of the GCAA
  • Experienced in Vendor relationship: tender submissions, contracts, and SLAs of technical nature
  • Developed skills in forecasting and preparing cost-estimates analysis and managing budgets
  • Experienced in working with a team of professionals (Engineers and Technicians) in a frequently changing environment with heavy work-load schedules and ad-hoc scenarios
  • High accuracy and attention to both results and details
  • Proven skills in analysing data, identifying variations and recommending alternative solutions
  • Cost-oriented, possesses analytical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills
  • Ability to use technical expertise, and interpersonal relations to support company’s objectives
  • Demonstrates the ability to contribute and successfully deliver against business strategy and set KPIs


How to Apply:

Please us a copy of your updated resume clearly mentioning in the subject line: ABY18-Technical Procurement Planner


UAE nationals will be given preference over other nationality applicants

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