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Experienced Buyer

Location: Poway
Posted on: November 14, 2021

Job Description:

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Buyer to work within our Purchasing team, located in Poway, CA.


  • Interprets and develops purchasing policies and procedures.
  • Ensures compliance with company policies and procedures and applicable government regulations.
  • Maintains an awareness of regulatory changes.
  • Review and analysis of statistical data to determine feasibility of buying products and to establish price objectives.
  • Leads cost and pricing reviews with program management and customers.
  • Identifies, develops and selects qualified suppliers and evaluates supplier reliability.
  • Follows up, expedites, and negotiates changes relative to delivery and supplier performance.
  • Ensures competitive and sole source procurements meet contract/subcontract objectives/directives, timetables and documentation requirements.
  • Conducts major procurement negotiations.
  • Reviews, interprets, and makes recommendations regarding negotiated terms and conditions.
  • Reviews and analyzes suppliers' bids and performs cost and/or price analysis.
  • Identifies purchasing issues and provides leadership in developing innovation solutions.
  • Represents the organization as a primary purchasing consultant on assigned contracts/subcontracts to internal and external customers and suppliers.
  • Makes presentations to internal and external representatives as required.
  • Provides guidance and leadership to less experienced professional purchasing and support staff.
  • Participate in the selection, development, and training of purchasing staff.
  • Validates purchase requisitions, selects or recommends suppliers, develops and solicits bids, analyzes and evaluates responses, negotiates prices and other terms, monitors delivery, approves payment, and maintains necessary records.
  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.
  • Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
  • Acts as a resource for available or potential suppliers and reviews and evaluates their operations to validate cost, quality, reliability, and ability to meet schedule and program requirements.
  • Interprets established policies, procedures, and standard practices to develop proactive plans to ensure that purchasing activities achieve desired objectives and timetables.
  • Performs others duties as assigned or required.We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.
    Job Qualifications:
    • Typically requires a bachelor's degree in business administration or related discipline along with six or more years of progressive professional purchasing experience. Equivalent professional purchasing experience may be substituted in lieu of education.
    • Must have a comprehensive and thorough understanding of purchasing theories, concepts and principles.
    • Experience with FAR and related governmental rules and regulations; and experience demonstrating a broad application of those theories, concepts, principles and regulations.
    • Must be customer focused and possess: (1) the ability to develop innovative solutions to a variety of unusually complex problems; (2) excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills to accurately document and report findings and communicate new concepts to a variety of audiences; (3) excellent interpersonal and leadership skills to influence and guide employees, managers, customers and other external parties; (4) the ability to organize, schedule and coordinate multiple work phases; (5) the ability to lead less experienced professional employees on projects; and, (6) excellent computer skills.
    • SAP experience is desirable.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team is essential.
    • Ability to work extended hours and travel as required.
    • Travel as required.

Keywords: GENERAL ATOMICS, Poway , Experienced Buyer, Other , Poway, California

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