Engines Embedded Buyer/Planner


DESCRIPTION: As part of the Engines Team, you will be responsible for procurement and planning for a broad range of aerospace-related materials, components, tooling and ground support equipment enabling fabrication, assembly, testing and launch vehicle integration. You will support several engine families in a development and production environment. This is a fast-paced, hands-on position in which you will work directly with suppliers, engineers, program management, budgets, schedules, and financial teams.
  • Support sourcing and conduct procurement for engine related components including mechanical and electrical components, structural components, fluid systems, commercial or modified off-the-shelf hardware
  • Support sourcing for component processing including specialized machining, coatings, welding, specialized inspections, precision cleaning, and heat treatment. 
  • Negotiate pricing, routing, delivery dates, and payment terms with suppliers
  • Participate with Procurement and support execution of long-term agreements with strategic suppliers 
  • Act as a primary and knowledgeable resource for Engineering, Procurement and Inventory management teams when determining best value suppliers, sourcing plans, make vs. buy, should-cost, etc. 
  • Mitigate sole/single or directed source risk and ensure continuity of supply
  • Develop and maintain strong supplier relationships
  • Act as primary point of contact with external and internal customers on all matters affecting procurement and contractual agreements
  • Act promptly to resolve supplier problems and questions with Blue Origin documentation, purchase orders discrepancies or invoice issues
  • Manage R&D bills of material supply & demand
  • Generate, transmit and manage RFIs, RFPs, RFQs and purchase orders
  • Assist engineers with proposal packages, evaluation of bids 
  • Identify opportunities for improvements and cost savings
  • Travel as required to supplier and Blue Origin locations throughout the US
  • Identify, manage and measure suppliers for on-time delivery, quality, and value
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, technical or supply chain fields
  • 7+ years’ experience purchasing in a technical environment; 3+ years’ experience in aerospace development, manufacturing, subassembly or components environment preferred
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal, written, and telephonic
  • Skilled with contract and supplier management
  • Understand design-for-manufacturability and ability to drive successful implementation
  • Ability to work effectively in a team with a strong customer focus
  • Self-manage activities with minimum supervision based on given priorities
  • Proven time management and prioritization skills
  • Ability to read engineering drawings and schematics
  • Ability and willingness to dig headfirst into the engineering details to ensure the correct requirements, best value and highest reliability for Blue Origin
  • Knowledge of bill of materials construction and engineering revision/release processes
  • Experience with MS Office products, and project management software
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien
  • Knowledge of Aerospace Standards for materials, hardware and processes 
  • Knowledge of machining operations required for part fabrication
  • Familiarity with Nondisclosure Agreements and Federal Acquisition Requirements
  • Experience negotiating and managing contracts up to $500K