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Lead Buyer (Government Contracting exp preferred) - 25504 in Chicago, IL at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 3/10/2018

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    Chicago, IL
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Job Description


Position Summary

Leads the procurement of highly complex or unusual, technical or high dollar value materials, supplies, equipment and services necessary for the operation of the organization. Reviews Technical Data Packages (TDP) for completeness.  Evaluates bids, selects and recommends suppliers and negotiates price, delivery, quality and service.   Negotiates terms and conditions; intellectual property rights and copyrights; license terms and conditions. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Obtains supplies, materials, and equipment from suppliers at the lowest cost consistent with considerations of quality, reliability of source, and urgency of need.
  • Contacts vendors, obtains quotations, examines bids, makes awards, places orders, and expedites delivery.
  • Follows up on all awards until completion of order.
  • Negotiates and settles with vendors regarding damage claims, rejections, losses, return of materials, overages, cancellations, and other changes.
  • Maintains files and records of materials, inventories, and deliveries.
  • Primary liaison between employees or customer personnel and vendors in order to answer questions and resolve problems.
  • May provide work leadership to lower level employees.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline plus at least 8 years of directly related experience, preferably in a government contracting environment or a Master’s degree and 6 years of experience.
  • In some cases, educational requirements may be adjusted or waived for more than 10 years applicable work experience. Work experience may be adjusted for highly specialized knowledge or uniquely applicable experience for positions involving new technology or labor market shortages as reflected by market survey data.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Familiarity working in a CPSR compliant environment.  
  • Experience negotiating and settlements with vendors regarding
  • Knowledge and understanding of ITAR requirements. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong knowledge of the policies, practices, and procedures involved in the purchasing function, including the FAR rules and regulations.

Diversity Statement

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.  Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply.  Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information

U.S. Citizenship Required.


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