Orbital ATK Sr Buyer in Goleta, California

Sr Buyer

Locations:Goleta, CA

Categories: Operations


Job Description

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Job ID:JLH20171110-41714

With projected annual revenues in of nearly $4.5 billion, approximately 12,000 employees, and operations

in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission — whether it’s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world’s leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation’s largest manufacturer of ammunition.

Orbital ATK Space Systems Group designs, manufactures and operates small and medium-class spacecraft for communications, imaging, scientific, exploration and national security space applications. The Group is leading supplier of space components that power and enable satellites of all classes, provides technical engineering services to government agencies and laboratories, and is developing exciting new satellite servicing and advanced space flight technologies.

United in pride and shared goals, Orbital ATK employees come from diverse backgrounds and work together to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable solutions. Work with the best and unleash your potential.

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.

Job Title: Senior Buyer

Our Goleta, California location has an immediate, regular F/T opportunity for an experienced Buyer to join our Supply Chain team.

Position Location: Goleta, CA

Position Summary

  • Procures material requirements to drive the lowest possible cost and year over year savings.

  • Purchase of complex machine parts and tooling. Purchases standard equipment, tools, raw material, parts, services and supplies necessary for operations.

  • Develops and maintains good, ethical supplier relationships while driving supplier performance

  • Recommends supplier selection and develops competitive sources of supply in accordance with good business practices, company policies and procedures and government regulations.

  • Apprises management and user community of supplier progress and/or problems to ensure business needs are met within the needed timelines.

  • Negotiates prices, delivery and terms and conditions for procurement of assigned commodities or services and issues appropriate commitment document; act as committing authority for the company in relationship with supplier.

  • Assists in studies of market trends – advises leadership of any industry or supplier issues that may affect price, service, quality or any threats/opportunities to our supply chain.

  • Prepares requests for quotations (RFPs, RFQs, and RFIs), examines bids, makes award recommendations and places orders.

  • Provides support in follow-up activities and/or to expedite the delivery of goods and services.

  • Interface with engineering, program management, manufacturing, shipping and receiving, accounting and suppliers to resolve issues, establish priorities, and coordinate shipments to meet customer requirements.

  • Collaborate, develop, and implement second source strategies.

  • Additional tasks will be assigned by the Procurement Manager.


  • Strong Commodity and Supplier Knowledge in support of complex machine parts and tooling.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as drawings, contracts, processes and procedures.

  • Ability work independently in a fast paced multifaceted operation, highly motivated and a desire to provide superior customer service.

  • Proficient in Microsoft’s Office suite of products (Excel, Word, PPT, etc.)

  • Demonstrated understanding of MRP, Supply Chain and Procurement principles.

  • Good negotiating, communication and interpersonal skills are required.

  • Thorough knowledge of purchasing and principles including the ability to research, analyze, negotiate and close various types of purchasing projects within the guidelines of good business and ethical practices.

  • Strong organizational skills including effective time management skills.

  • Forward thinking and the ability to create a vision and see it through to implementation.

  • Strong analytical skills required: ability to define problems, collect data, and draw logical conclusions.


  • Degree Preferred.

  • Minimum 5-8 Years Procurement experience, manufacturing or aerospace industry a plus.

  • Six-Sigma, CPIM and CPM/CSPM certifications a plus

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Products

  • ERP system experience preferred

    • Position may be filled at one lower level with a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience.

Orbital ATK is applying entrepreneurial thinking and commercial practices to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable products and services to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products – and your ideas – into the future. When encouraged to think beyond the ordinary, you’ll be amazed at what you can do!

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D

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Job Type:Full Time

Desired Travel:less than 25%

Years of Experience:5-8 Years

Education:High School/GED