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Principal Supply Chain Procurement Buyer 3/Senior Principal Supply Chain Procurement Buyer Level 4– Space Components

Requisition ID: R10054433

  • Category IconCategory: Global Supply Chain
  • Location IconLocation: San Diego, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.

Northrop Grumman Space Sector is seeking a Principal Supply Chain Procurement Buyer 3 or Senior Principal Supply Chain Procurement Buyer 4 to join our team. 

This position can be located in San Diego, CA / Goleta, CA / Beltsville, MD / Commerce, CA.

Responsibilities:

  • Develops RFQ utilizing Specifications, statements of work, and terms and conditions for the procurement of specialized materials, equipment, and/or services.

  • Prepares bid packages, analyzes and evaluates proposals, negotiates PO provisions, administers resulting PO and ensure on time delivery.

  • Manages performance of Purchase Orders, ensures compliance with all public law requirements as well as company (and business) policies and procedures including import/export regulations.

  • Coordinates and collaborates with key stakeholders such as contracts, engineering, quality, planning, operations, program and end-users.

  • In conjunction with quality organization, evaluates and monitors supplier quality and reliability, as well as supplier ability to support required delivery schedules.

  • Identifies strategies and opportunities to reduce cost, improve efficiency and manage risk through proactive supplier management

  • Utilizes process tools such as Lean Six Sigma with suppliers to drive quality, efficiency and continuous improvement. 

  • Reviews and approves supplier payment as needed.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Finance or related field preferred and 6+ years’ experience in purchasing, sales, or contracts; 4+ years' with a Master's; 10+ years' of experience in lieu of degree will be considered for a level 3

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Finance or related field preferred and 10+ years’ experience in purchasing, sales, or contracts; 8+ years' with a Master's; 14+ years' of experience in lieu of degree will be considered for a level 4

  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated leadership, critical thinking and innovation behaviors in past projects, roles or experience

  • Strong time management and organizational skills; ability to keep multiple priorities moving forward

  • Experience in a MRP system, SAP, CostPoint, Oracle

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience procuring in an NPI / concurrent engineering environment

  • Experience in machining, forgings, extrusions, electrical or raw material commodities.

  • Leads negotiations with suppliers

  • Ability to read technical drawings and documents

  • Knowledge of government contracting requirements and regulations (e.g. FAR, DFARS, ITAR, etc.)

  • Master’s Degree in Business or Supply Chain


Salary Range: $76,200 USD - $114,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $94,500 USD - $141,700 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.