AAR CORP Senior Buyer, Strategic Sourcing in WOOD DALE, Illinois

Title: Senior Buyer, Strategic Sourcing

Location: United States-Illinois-Wood Dale

Job Number: 9201


The Senior Buyer is responsible for sourcing product and services for business development opportunities. The Buyer will ensure that AAR is receiving the best overall price and continues to build and develop strong relationships with strategic vendors. The Buyer will endeavor to source and procure product that meets operational requirements and place AAR in the most strategically advantageous position. The Buyer will also ensure all compliance requirements are met while performing all assigned duties.


  • Identify, vet, and introduce keystrategic partners to AAR's supply chain that provide the greatest value.

  • Understand market conditions andopportunities to leverage AAR's volume in the marketplace.

  • Establish and build strong relationshipswith internal customers and other key stakeholders.

  • Develop and maintain relationships withselect strategic partners who provide significant benefit to AAR.

  • Source, solicit, and obtain written quotesfrom responsible vendors for product or services.

  • Conduct negotiations with vendors, whenappropriate, to ensure AAR receives the best possible offers.

  • Analyze quotes and conduct sourceselection to determine the vendor(s) which provide the best value, or lowestprice, while aligning with AAR’s operational requirements.

  • Sources and procures in compliance withall AAR policies and procedures.

  • Confer with management to understand operationalrequirements to ensure to ensure product or services are appropriately sourced.

  • Analyzespecifications and determine the best source for procurement of commodities.

  • May coach other Buyers.

  • Travel is required.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Commitment to company values and ethics

  • Dependability: personally responsible,completes work in a timely manner, and performs tasks accurately

  • Motivation: must maintain a positiveattitude and strong work energy

  • Organization: very detail oriented andalways comes prepared Communication

  • Time management: ability to organize andmanage multiple priorities and effectively deal with tight deadlines andpressure

  • Negotiating skills: must have confidenceand the ability to be persuasive and assertive

  • Creativity: makes constructivesuggestions and creates novel solutions to problems; evaluates new technologyas potential solutions to existing problems



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.) orBachelor of Science degree (B.S.) from four-year college or university; oreight years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination ofeducation and experience.

  • Must have previous corporate buyingexperience.


  • The physical demands and workenvironment characteristics described here are representative of those thatmust be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions ofthis job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals withdisabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job,the employee may be regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach and moveabout the facility. The environmental characteristic for this position is anoffice setting. Candidates should be able to adapt to a traditional businessenvironment.

AAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.