Date Posted : 7/28/10


Purchasing Specialist

You will source and purchase machinery, equipment, tools, raw material, parts and services necessary for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s operations in Sparks, NV.

The Purchasing Specialist:

         Compiles information to keep informed on price trends and manufacturing processes.

         Confers with suppliers and analyzes suppliers' operations to determine factors that affect price and determines lowest cost consistent with quality, reliability, and ability to meet required schedules.

         Reviews proposals, negotiates prices, selects and recommends suppliers and follows up orders placed.

         The ideal candidate is a team player with excellent written and verbal communication skills.


• Support proposal efforts with RFP’s/RFQ’s.

• Develop alternate sources, ensuring continuity of supply, consistency of quality, and competitive pricing.

• Maintain purchase order files in audit ready condition.

• Ensure accurate data is maintained in Costpoint.

• Evaluate suppliers through objective performance measurements, including on-time delivery, service performance, and price performance.

• A minimum of 3 years experience in purchasing handling a wide variety of commodities.

• Ability to perform price analysis and negotiate in a wide variety of circumstances.

• Experience with procuring military requirements and an understanding of military standards preferred.

• Certification by ISM is preferred.

• The ability to represent the company effectively and in a professional and business-like manner is essential.

• Comprehensive written, verbal, analytical and general accounting skills.

• MS Office, Lotus Notes and Material Management software knowledge.

• Ability to perform price analysis in a wide variety of circumstances.

• Cross training in other departments is essential in understanding the inter-relationship of process at SNC.

• Ability to read and understand technical drawing and specifications.

• Knowledge of FAR, UCC & public law required.

*SNC is an EEO employer committed to recruiting a diverse workforce.

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