Orbital ATK Careers

Sr. Buyer

Plymouth, MN

Job Description

Job ID: JFC20181904-45216

Orbital ATK is seeking a Sr. Buyer for our Plymouth, MN location.

With projected annual revenues of $4.5 billion, more than 12,000 employees, and operations in 17 states across the U.S. and in several international locations, Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission — whether it’s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch or protecting our nation. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, we design, build and deliver space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Position Description

Establishes, maintains, and monitors supplier agreements of medium to high dollar, risk, and/or complexity.

Contract Structure & Business Terms

  • Negotiate pricing using cost/price and best value analysis
  • Negotiate to ensure terms and conditions address provisions and risks of financial terms, acceptance criteria, delivery requirements, warranty, intellectual property, termination provisions, indemnification, and all other potential risk areas
  • Structure and negotiate long term supplier agreements.
  • Ensure that terms and conditions have been properly flowed down from customer contracts to supplier contracts
  • Establish and maintain formal agreements (Purchase Orders) with suppliers
  • Incorporate customer or internal changes into the contract or PO

Financial Performance

  • Cost Productivity year to year savings
  • Track cost savings and cost avoidance
  • Establish delivery and payment terms that maximizes established financial goals.


  • Apply Import/Export regulations such as ITAR, EAR, DDTC registration etc.
  • Apply security regulations concerning vendor visits or sharing information
  • Apply government contract requirements such as FAR, DFAR, ISO, DCAA, SOX, etc. to appropriate agreements

Business Development

  • Prepare RFP/RFQ documents in support of customer requests
  • Maintain internal and external customer relationships
  • Leverage strategic relationships and partnering opportunities
  • Supplier risk sharing/investments

Supplier Management

  • Establish supplier long term agreements
  • Contract change management
  • Ensure on-time delivery of quality product
  • Continuous improvement
  • Risk management
  • Single source management
  • Relationship management

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • Experience procuring for a build-to-order manufacturer
  • Experience with complex mechanical products procurement
  • US Government sub-contracting training and experience (FAR/DFAR)
  • Subcontracts management experience
  • +5 years procurement experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Mechanical Parts  procurement experience
  • Team development and leadership experience
  • Demonstrated long term supplier agreement development
  • Proactive; self-directed; can take instruction and act
  • Strong negotiator to achieve best value

If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 5-8 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Operations
Group: Defense