AAR CORP Director, Purchasing & Vendor Management in WOOD DALE, Illinois

Title: Director, Purchasing & Vendor Management

Location: United States-Illinois-Wood Dale

Job Number: 7550


The Director of Purchasing and Vendor Management will assist in defining the organization strategy to source, qualify, bid award, contract and manage vendors that provide the highest value to AAR in accordance with Government and Federal business requirements. The Director provides knowledge and experience in the sourcing and contract process, strong negotiating skills, and ensures that supply base strategies are developed and driven through the organization to support new and critical products and establish Vendor Management criteria.


  • Lead Procurement and Supply Management activities for multiple areas of spend within the Sourcing and Procurement Teams with the goal of driving substantial value realization efforts in all forms -- revenue generation, cost reductions and productivity improvements while maintaining and improving product quality and supplier service levels-Determine strategy to attract and grow the AAR vendor network, playing a key role in selling vendors on the benefits of working with AAR

  • Act as the central point of contact for vendors at the business unit level while helping facilitate localized relationships between the vendor and AARs network across the country

  • Understand market conditions and opportunities to leverage AARs volume in the marketplace

  • Solicit feedback from vendors and strategize on enhancement opportunities to better serve our clients

  • Facilitate communication with vendors that improve business processes, affect demand for services or changes in market conditions

  • Propel AARs mission to empower people and leverage technology to optimize diversion and efficiency

  • Represent AAR at industry meetings, conventions and trade shows

  • Active involvement in efforts to achieve AARs small business plans and goals.

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities of direct reports. Ensures that the responsibilities, authorities, and accountability of all direct reports are defined and understood. Enables an environment that fosters high performance and establishes policies to ensure adequate management development.

  • Work closely with Business Development and Program Management during the proposal preparation phase of all programs and support with their material needs during the design phase of a program. Assure timely procurement and production flow of the necessary materials and supplies for the production and manufacturing phase.

  • Work closely with the sourcing and procurement teams to ensure compliance with AARs Procurement Manual and the requirements of an approved purchasing system as defined in DFARS 252.244-7001(c) to ensure AAR achieves and maintains a Government Approved Purchasing System.

  • Support audits and ensure all appropriate documentation is provided to auditors and AAR is represented professionally.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned


  • Understanding of Government procurement regulations, and the development, negotiation and administration of high-dollar, multi-year, complex contracts, subcontracts and purchase orders.

  • In-depth knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR), and related federal and state legislation and regulations

  • Demonstrated ability to influence and deal tactfully and confidentially with internal and external customers at all organizational levels in a dynamic environment

  • Integrity and strong focus on compliance with internal standards and policies: ability to proactively provide guidance to contract/subcontract management personnel or internal customers as needed

  • Ability to identify and implement process improvements

  • Experience in a government procurement/subcontracting environment:

  • Experience in collecting, analyzing and presenting large data in an accurate and concise manner

  • Ability to generate results against tight deadlines and adapt to dynamic requirements

  • Experience at effectively negotiating cost and scope of work

  • Cost-type subcontracts management background with knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Small Business reporting, and experience with CPSR audits

  • Strong sense of urgency

  • Strong leadership skills; analytical skills; ability to coach, develop and motivate at both an individual and team level

  • Ability to develop actionable recommendations and implementation plans.

  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, & presentation)

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) from four-year college or university; Minimum of seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • MBA preferred

  • 5 plus years of managerial experience


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach and move about the facility. The environmental characteristic for this position is an office setting. Candidates should be able to adapt to a traditional business environment.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran