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Saab Global
Installation in HQ

Commodity Buyer

West Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America
Closing date: 23 April 2023

Job Description:

At Saab in West Lafayette, IN, you have the opportunity to join a team that will manufacture the rear section of the T-7A Redhawk military trainer aircraft for the United States Air Force. When at full capacity by 2027, Saab will employ over 250 employees in the West Lafayette facility in management, administration, and manufacturing.

The new flagship facility will utilize advanced manufacturing techniques and leverage research and development to support Saab’s broad product portfolio.

As Saab continues to expand their new operation in West Lafayette, IN, we are seeking a Commodity Buyer to join our team and help develop a world-class Supply Chain.


  • Execute the procurement of material, services, and production supplies including price, availability, delivery schedule (expediting), and final delivery of goods.
  • Coordinate the Return Material Authorization process with suppliers and assist in issuance and resolution of purchase orders and invoices.
  • Prepare, organize, and maintain electronic purchasing records and data documenting performance and compliance.
  • Develop requests for quotes, establish pricing, delivery, terms, and conditions.
  • Continuously develop and improve internal procurement processes.
  • Continuously improve the supply chain to secure competitiveness using Industry 4.0 technologies, lean strategies, and implementation of best practices
  • Ensure best total landed cost through the entire supply chain in support of production in the most cost-efficient way.
  • Manage supplier risk and develop mitigation plans.
  • Be an ambassador for Saab both with co-workers and with suppliers.
  • Develop working relationships and synergies with strategic sourcing managers within Saab U.S. and Sweden.
  • Contribute to a people-first culture in alignment to Saab values, demonstrating core Company values: Trust, Drive, Expertise and Support.
  • Support other projects as assigned.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or similar field required.
  • MBA, Master's in Supply Chain, or equivalent certification is a plus.
  • 3+ years of procurement experience in a large-scale operation
  • Experience in the following is a strong plus: working with U.S. government contracts (FAR/DFAR regulations) and with new sources of supply and contracts in a Greenfield operation.
  • Proficiency with ERP systems including data creation and ERP execution as well as manufacturing-based sourcing and supply competence.
  • Experience within the aerospace industry is a plus, but not required.
  • Effective inter-personal skills to engage and create trust at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrates excellent organization skills and a collaborative approach to problem-solving.
  • Ability to be self-driven and deliver high quality results across a global team.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Drug-Free Workplaces:

Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Student loan assistance

  • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 18,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in seven U.S. locations.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.