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Buyer III at DRS Technologies in Melbourne, Florida

Posted in Admin - Clerical 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


DRS is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. Focused on defense technology, we develop, manufacture and support a broad range of systems for mission critical and military sustainment requirements, as well as homeland security.  Headquartered in Crystal City, VA, the Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo, which employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. We offer a competitive compensation package and a business culture which rewards performance. For additional information on DRS, please visit our website at

Job title- Senior Buyer

Job Location

Melbourne, FL

Position Summary

The Senior Buyer will be dedicated support for programs, engineering and operations on the New Product Introduction team, supporting strategic sourcing of materials for engineering development and new product launches.  This position will leverage DRS’s Strategic Commodity Sourcing team and preferred supply base when appropriate to insure reliable/ responsive supply and quality at lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).  The role is responsible for supporting quick- turn requirements while avoiding limiting sourcing to local suppliers, solely for expedient reasons, when superior suppliers are available.

Candidates with experience in placing, tracking and managing New Product Introduction and development with dynamic requirements and the experience to partner with Strategic Sourcing on negotiations of blanket orders and long-term purchase agreements for procurement of single-source items and major commodities are desired.  Critical activities will also include: Cost analysis, risk analysis, product structuring, and Make-Buy analysis.  Problem Solving and the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, suppliers and internal customers is crucial.  This position is accountable for managing the conversion of new product component sourcing to standard product component procurement with an effective and seamless transition to the Execution Supply Chain Team.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Execute/Generate CPSR-compliant purchase orders, based on approved requisitions, requests for proposals, bids and other similar and necessary documents related to the purchasing of commodities or major subcontract items

  • Facilitate and manage any supplier issues (i.e. cost, quality, delivery, customer service)

  • Manage all aspects of supplier including A/P holds

  • Initiate and follow through on any supplier changes (Engineering Change Notices)

  • Lead negotiations and apply knowledge of commercial contract law and guidelines, practices and requirements to assess, plan and negotiate best terms and conditions and to minimize risk

  • Establish and maintain sound professional relationships with suppliers. Resolve issues (e.g. pricing, quality, timing, claims, contract disputes, etc.) associated with terms and conditions of service agreements

  • Understand demand/spend profile for commodity areas, and provide this information as necessary

  • Track and report cost savings or avoidances

  • Maintain current accurate records and files of all vendor agreements and related procurement records

  • Communicate supplier performance including supplier visits as required

  • Be the primary contact between DRS personnel and assigned suppliers

  • Support, communicate and defend the mission, values and culture of the company

Basic Qualifications (include education and years of experience required)

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in related field and 5 years of experience in Purchasing

  • Requires the ability to understand military specs and read blue prints

  • Requires the ability to understand and adhere to all laws pertaining to procurement, contracts, breach by contract, etc.

  • Knowledge and use of price and cost analysis

  • Strong negotiating skills


  • Required Level of Manager Professional Competencies

  • Managing the Job Advanced

  • Decision Making Advanced

  • Team Development/Building Organizational Talent Advanced

  • Building Trust and Respect/Integrity Advanced

  • Customer Orientation Proficient

  • Technical Capability/Applied Learning Proficient

  • Communicates with Impact Advanced

  • Valuing Diversity/Cultural Effectiveness Advanced

Physical Requirements (Lifting, Walking, Bending, Stooping kneeling etc.):

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, climb, bend, lift, stand, and stoop.

  • Bending, stooping, kneeling, walking and the ability to lift 40 lbs is required.

  • Lifting is ≤ 1% of job requirement.

  • Access to different parts of equipment requires range of physical mobility.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Office and documentation 10-15% of time.

  • Light manufacturing up to 80% of time.

  • Travel and heavy manufacturing ≤ 5% of time.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

DRS Technologies, Inc. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law. #EOIS