LMI Aerospace Purchasing Agent in St. Charles, Missouri

Who we are:

LMI Aerospace, Inc. is a leading supplier of structural assemblies, kits and components, and a provider of design engineering services to the commercial, business and regional, and defense aerospace markets. LMI fabricates, machines, finishes, kits, and assembles machined and formed close tolerance aluminum, specialty alloy, and composite components. LMI also provides engineering and program management services, supporting aircraft product lifecycles from design to fleet support via complete turnkey engineering solutions.

Position Title

Purchasing Agent

Position Summary

Our Purchasing Agents are responsible for coordinating activities involved with the purchase of various products and services. The commodities include subcontract aircraft parts, tooling, raw material, outside processes, Maintenance and Repair Operations (MRO) supplies, capital equipment or other items identified by management.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Identify, evaluate and develop sources for a variety of products

  • Prepare Request for Quotation (RFQ's) to obtain competitive bids from approved sources

  • Evaluate and negotiate supplier proposals

  • Review and evaluate product quality, supplier qualifications, manufacturing capability, lead time, contractual issues and cost

  • Provide cost and lead time information provided by supplier to appropriate individuals at LMI

  • Perform planning and forecasting, and risk assessment activities to support long lead purchases and including transmittal to customers and suppliers when required

  • Perform obsolescence review and make disposition recommendations

  • Prepare purchase orders, contracts and award justification documents

  • Evaluate requirements and determine appropriate purchasing methods

  • Negotiate specific contracts within budgetary limitations and scope of authority

  • Develop strategic supplier relationships while serving as primary liaison with suppliers

  • Ensure suppliers are provided necessary information, tooling and materials

  • Maintain related purchasing records such as: items or services purchased, costs, delivery, product quality or performance and inventories

  • Address supplier disputes and performance deficiencies

  • Monitor and control supplier delivery performance

  • Develop and utilize Supplier Management “Best Practices” to proactively manage suppliers

  • Monitor and control inventory levels and spend consistent with management’s strategic plan

  • Discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services with inspection or quality control personnel, users, suppliers and others to determine cause and take or recommend corrective action

Education Required

Bachelor Degree or equivalent education, training and experience.

Experience Required

Minimum three (3) years of experience in procurement/supply chain in a manufacturing environment or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

In order to comply with U.S. government regulations applicable to this position, all applicants must be either a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S. as defined in 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20), or a “protected individual” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Physical/Work Requirements

  • Ability to sit for extended periods, working at a desk and/or attending meetings.

  • Use various computer and office equipment as well as be able to move throughout the office and manufacturing area in order to talk/hear or otherwise communicate with employees, management, customers, vendors, and others.

  • Noise level in the work environment ranges from quite to loud.

  • Employee will be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when working on the plant floor.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to sit for extended periods of time at a desk working and/or attending meetings with periodic breaks. Must be able to move throughout the office and/or manufacturing area and talk, hear or otherwise communicate with employees, management, customers, suppliers and others. May occasionally lift and /or move up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment: Normal work environment is a typical office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. Required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when on the shop floor.

Travel Required

Yes, 25% of Time Traveling

Why Choose LMI Aerospace?

We take care of our people.

  • Medical and 401k benefits

  • Paid time off

  • Tuition and Education Reimbursement

  • Skill-based pay and bonus plans

  • Personal development

  • Safe, climate-controlled environment

  • Flexible schedules

  • Overtime opportunities

This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. The responsibilities, tasks, and duties may differ from those outlined in the job description and other duties, as assigned, may be required. This document does not create an employment contract. Employees of the Company are employed on an “at will” basis and may be terminated at any time.

LMI is an equal employment opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, LMI provides access and opportunities to those with disabilities. This includes providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who seek to access the company’s online application system. If an applicant is unable to fully access the online application system, LMI will provide a reasonable accommodation. Applicants with disabilities may contact us at 636-916-2400 for assistance accessing the on-line application system. Callers should have a detailed description of the requested accommodation, their name and preferred method of contact ready for LMI‘s Human Resources Department. LMI will make every effort to respond within two (2) business days. This phone number is not for the general submission of application materials.

LMI is an E-Verify Employer.

LMI is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veterans Employer

LMI is a world-class leader in designing, building and manufacturing aerospace structures, systems and components for commercial, business and regional, and military aerospace customers. We employ more than 2,000 engineering, manufacturing and testing experts in 19 locations throughout the United States, Mexico, and Sri Lanka. Our integrated team approach and full life cycle of capabilities enable our employees to take advantage of a wide range of opportunities for career growth within our organization.