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Project Lead Buyer (f/m/d) 

Let's exceed the expected!

RUAG Space is part of RUAG International. The company focuses on the aerospace industry and employs around 6’000 employees. RUAG Space is the leading supplier of products for the space industry in Europe. Three product groups, six countries, one team: Electronics, Spacecraft and Launchers are part of our product portfolio. In addition to Switzerland - which is RUAG Space's headquarters - we are also represented in Sweden, Austria, Finland, Germany and the USA. We develop, produce and test subsystems and equipment for use in space. Experience, outstanding reliability, customer focus and a comprehensive, clearly structured product portfolio all make RUAG Space the partner of choice for manufacturers of satellites and launchers across the globe. We set trends and stand for innovation - embodied by numerous projects in the production of individual and sophisticated structures, mechanisms and launch vehicles.


The Project Lead Buyer is acting as the main procurement contact for the engineering and development project teams.

The Person holding the position is ensuring that all material and parts requirements out of the development projects are met in terms of availability, cost and supplier quality.


Your Responsibilities

  • Requests for quotation for prototype, flight and serial parts/materials as well as production required jigs & tools
  • In alignment with the Commodity Managers and based on the preferred supplier portfolio selection of possible suppliers based on the technical, economic and quality requirements
  • Support with the calculation for customer offers, providing procurement parts and materials cost overviews
  • Clarification of the technical feasibility with the suppliers and introduction of (alternative) solution proposals (design to cost) from suppliers in the concept phase
  • Negotiating prices and conditions as well as establishing framework agreements and contracts together with the commodity managers
  • Continuously optimizes total cost of ownership (TCO) and drives savings initiatives
  • Representation of the purchasing interests in the product development process (BOM, specification/drawing availability, meeting cost targets and manufacturing deadlines)
  • Ensure all externally sourced BOM parts, materials and jigs are available in line with the project milestones
  • Highlight potential deviations from plan (cost, time, quality), defining and ensuring counter actions
  • Maintenance of ERP procurement article data.
  • Ensuring the sourcing in line with the company’s and general legal sourcing rules.
  • Issuing and follow-up orders (if applicable together with the Purchasers and Buyers)
  • Coordination and implementation of the needs and requirements of materials management and production planning
  • Occasionally carrying out incoming goods inspections
  • Participation in supplier qualification and development
  • Issuing and follow-up on supplier quality claims


Your Profile

  • Completed technical and/or commercial education and 3+ years in-depth technical and operational sourcing experience
  • Experience in global sourcing and good technical understanding
  • High awareness for costs and quality
  • Good negotiation skills and high drive for results
  • High reliability and adherence to deadlines
  • Experience working in project environment and multifunctional teams
  • Experience in the use of ERP system and related procurement administrative and control tasks
  • Space or Aerotec experience would be an advantage
  • Fluent English and German is a must
  • Lean and Six Sigma education & experience would be an asset
  • Sensible and emphatic communication skills
  • Good stress resistance, able to stay structured, focused on the key priorities
  • Willingness to travel


Your contact

Did we spark your interest in this exciting position? Then we look forward to receiving your online application.

RUAG Space | Recruiter/HR Manager: André Jolidon | 


Zürich, ZH, CH

Job Experience Level:  Professionals
Job Category/Job Family:  Purchasing & Procurement

RUAG International is a Swiss technology group focusing on the aerospace industry. Based in Zurich (Switzerland) and with production sites in 14 countries, the company is divided into four divisions: Space, Aerostructures, MRO International and Ammotec. With its strategic focus on the Aerospace business unit, the company will consist of the two divisions Aerostructures and Space in the medium term. RUAG Space is Europe's leading supplier of products used in the aerospace industry. RUAG Aerostructures is a global first-tier supplier in aircraft structure construction. RUAG International employs around 6’000 people, two thirds of whom work abroad. 

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