Orbital ATK Careers

Principal Buyer IV (Must be able to obtain a Secret Level Security Clearance)

Clearfield, UT
Materials and Distribution

Job Description

Job ID: TS20180504-44902


As a buyer for our Aerospace Structures Division, you will coordinate the material and service requirements necessary to support our growing business.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Be a buyer in purchasing tooling and factory requirements in a commodity purchasing environment
  • Manage purchase orders ranging from $500 to $2 million or more in high volume. The delivery for these requirements may be on an expedited basis
  • Manage multiple tasks at once, in a high pressure environment
  • Develop and manage RFQ/RFP process, negotiate agreements and manage/administer the contract for a medium to complex sourcing
  • Draft and negotiate strategic agreements
  • Managing performance metrics
  • Interface with Suppliers to:
    • Write contract language for sourcing initiatives, including the creation of procurement terms and conditions and special provisions
    • Establish, maintain, and monitor supplier agreements
    • Evaluate, Integrate and Terminate suppliers
    • 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
    • Ensure that terms and conditions have been properly flowed down from customer contracts to supplier contracts
    • Establish and maintain formal agreements (Purchase Orders and subcontracts) with suppliers
    • Incorporate customer or internal changes into the subcontract or PO
    • Drive continuous improvement
    • Track quality issues and work with supplier on the issues
    • Manage day-to-day involvement with Kanban systems
    • Use tracking and monitoring systems i.e., Epic, Impresa, and Excel.
    • Provide daily status for on time delivery, product delivery forecasts, risks and mitigation plans, and supplier performance.
  • Active Secret Clearance is preferred
  • Experience in management of vendor base and procurement of complete systems and/or hardware for wire harness      assemblies, hydraulic systems and electrical systems.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 9 years’ experience as a buyer purchasing in a manufacturing environment; or equivalent experience; or Masters degree and 7 years’ experience as a buyer purchasing in a manufacturing environment; or equivalent experience.
  • Strong understanding of MRP logic
  • Major subcontract negotiations
  • Extensive RFQ/RFP and procurement execution experience
  • Experience using scheduling tools including: MS Project, Pull Systems, FIFO and Min/ Max/ Reorder Point, Visual scheduling tools
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as excellent follow-up
  • Experience with Microsoft skills required; Excel, Power Point and MS Project
  • Presentation skills, with the ability to comfortably present risks and achievements to a management team
  • Ability to think ‘outside the box’ and establish positive supplier and internal customer relationships
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced, high visibility, sometimes high stress environment
  • Must be able to work overtime and on call for emergencies
  • Working knowledge of supply chain and inventory systems
  • Very strong negotiation and communication skills
  • Ability to adapt to change

Preferred Skills:

  • Previous aerospace procurement experience
  • Exposure to APICS
  • Education in Supply Chain Management or Logistics
  • Experience in composite materials and composite manufacturing
  • Experience leading project teams
  • Impresa and/or Epic software experience
  • Certifications: Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (APP) and/or Certified Professional in Supply Chain Management (CPSM)

Competencies for Success:

  • Positive individual who is willing to expand current skill set, thought schooling and training.
  • Ability to work with others at all levels of the organization.
  • Strong communication skills.

Requisition may be filled at a lower level, Buyer III

Bachelor’s degree and 9 years’ experience as a buyer purchasing in a manufacturing environment; or equivalent experience; or Master’s degree and 7 year experience as a buyer purchasing in a manufacturing environment; or equivalent experience.

Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 8-10 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Operations
Group: Flight