Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Principal Buyer IV in Clearfield, Utah

Principal Buyer IV

Locations:Clearfield, UT

Categories: Materials and Distribution


Job Description

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Job ID:TS20182103-44587

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.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. 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.

Northrop Grumman is currently recruiting for a Principle Buyer to join our composite structures manufacturing team in Clearfield, UT supporting the indirect purchasing group.

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

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Be a primary buyer for the creation and issuance of service agreements including but not limited to T & M Contracts, Material Contracts, Labor-Hour Contracts, Equipment Service Contracts, Multi-year Lease Contracts, and Tooling Maintenance Contracts, etc.

  • Create and issue 10 to 20 purchase orders weekly 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

  • Knowledge of supply chain and inventory systems

  • Very strong negotiation and communication skills to the benefit of our position.

  • Ability to adapt to change

  • Interface with Suppliers to:

o Write contract language for sourcing initiatives, including understanding of suppliers exceptions to the procurement terms and conditions and special provisions and communicate those exceptions to our legal counsel for disposition.

o Approve and process invoices for payment.

o Evaluate, Integrate and Terminate suppliers

o 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

o Track quality issues and work with supplier on the issues

o Provide regular status for on time delivery, product delivery forecasts, risks and mitigation plans, and supplier performance.


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

  • At least 7 years’ experience in Government Contracts including familiarity with audits such as Contractor’s Purchasing System Reviews and understanding of Truth in Negotiation (TINA) requirements, Public Laws, Terms and Conditions, and Commerciality.

  • Strong knowledge of FAR, DFARS, and Business Systems Purchasing Documentation experience.

  • Proficient in MRP, ERP System (Costpoint and/or SAP), and excel.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including creative writing and documenting cost/price analysis.

  • Good Negotiation skills

  • 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

  • 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

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.

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 U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

For more information:

Job Type:Full Time

Desired Travel:less than 25%

Years of Experience:8-10 Years