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United Technologies Corporation Cost Optimization Lead in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Job ID: 01307216

City: Winston-Salem

State: North Carolina

Country: United States

Category: Supply Chain

Job Type: Full Time


Date Posted:



United States of America


HNC31: US095-Winston-Salem (Fairchild 1455 Fairchild Road , Winston-Salem, NC, 27105 USA

At Collins Aerospace, we’re dedicated to relentlessly tackle the toughest challenges in our industry – all to redefine aerospace.

Created in 2018 through the combination of two leading companies– Rockwell Collins and United Technologies Aerospace Systems – we’re driving the industry forward through technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for global aerospace and defense. Every day we imagine ways to make the skies and the spaces we touch smarter, safer and more amazing than ever. Together we chart new journeys, reunite families, protect nations and save lives. And we do it all with some of the greatest talent this industry has to offer.

We are Collins Aerospace and we hope you join us as we REDEFINE AEROSPACE.

Do you want to be a part of something bigger? A team whose impact stretches across the world, and even beyond? At Collins Aerospace, our Mission Systems team helps civilian, military and government customers complete their most complex missions — whatever and wherever they may be. Our customers depend on us for intelligent and secure communications, missionized systems for specialized aircraft and spacecraft and collaborative space solutions. By joining our team, you’ll have your own critical part to play in ensuring our customer succeeds today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge? Join our mission today.


The Cost Optimization Lead will be responsible for partnering with the Product Line Engineering, Supply Chain and Operations Teams to identify, lead and deliver material cost reduction projects. This will entail working all three streams of cost management; sourcing, negotiation and design. The role leads efforts to optimize cost, minimize risk, increase cash, and eliminating waste at the program and commodity level. A combination of project management, engineering knowledge and a proven ability to integrate and function in multiple cross-functional teams is required to be successful. Success in the role can be achieved by having experience in supply chain knowledge across multiple regions and commodities. Further, the ability to self-motivate, work in ambiguous environments and determine industrious solutions to move forward will all be tested in this role.

Ideal candidates for this role have held positions in Supply Chain, Manufacturing Engineering, Project Management, Certification Engineering, Liaison Engineering, Cost Reduction/VAVE teams.


  • Work with design engineers, sales, marketing, quality, suppliers, and manufacturing to identify, plan and implement cost reduction projects.

  • Re-source, Re-negotiate, Re-Design

  • Challenge existing design concepts and technology choices to ensure product is designed to optimize quality and cost.

  • Work with the Collins Supply Chain Commodity Organization to align with the strategic sourcing vision of each commodity.

  • Ensure that the implementation of projects results in zero disruption to the business via thorough risk planning/management and effective stakeholder engagement.

  • Drives year or year Cost Reductions on multiple commodities and Interior Systems Programs.

  • Develops joint strategies with suppliers to improve total cost of ownership.

  • Monitors new products available on the market and analyzes new sources of supply to recommend suppliers, satisfy project requirements, and reduce costs.

  • Prepares bid packages, solicits bids and quotations, reviews and negotiates purchase contracts for parts and makes recommendations based on commercial, total cost, and technical factors.

  • Understands new and emerging technologies in the commodity supply base. Tracks and socializes alternative technologies and associated implications on cost, quality and risk.

  • Works with internal stakeholder budgets and performs spend analysis to develop annual sourcing plans that meet defined savings targets and leverage sourcing tools and techniques to identify sourcing levers and create a competitive cost advantage.

  • Proactively monitors project implementations for stability with respect to supplier performance, develops target KPIs, and ensures constant communication with cross-functional team (engineering, manufacturing, and quality).

  • Manage high risk and complexity work package transfers; buy-to-buy and make-to-buy, buy-to-make.

  • Performs other related duties as required.

  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 25% domestically and internationally.


Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university or an equivalent combination of formal education, on-the-job training, and/or work experience.

  • Minimum of 5 years of Manufacturing related experience.

  • Strong financial and analytical skills and ability to furnish a business case.

  • Self-starter with proven track record of implementing/executing complex cost reduction projects.

  • Successful pricing and contracts negotiations experience is an asset.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, Access) applications.

  • Experience in delivering value engineering projects.

  • Understands Aerospace Certification impacts of design changes and experience in navigating through the engineering change process.

  • Familiar with Aerospace supplier quality, engineering, manufacturing and material control requirements.

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

• Medical, dental, and vision insurance

• Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

• Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution

• Tuition reimbursement

• Life insurance and disability coverage

• And more

Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.

United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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United Technologies Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age, or any other federally protected class.

Thank you for your interest in a career at United Technologies! We will soon upgrade to an improved job application system to simplify the apply experience. You will still be able to apply to any of our current job openings through December 18, 2018. On January 2, 2019, our new and improved job application system will launch; please check back on that date to see all of our job openings.