General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Purchasing Manager in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 19820BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Purchasing Manager

Job Category: Contracts/Sub Contracts/Purchasing

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: No

Job Summary:

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We have an exciting opportunity as a Purchasing Manager to work out of our Purchasing group in Poway, CA.

This position is responsible for managing the process of procuring material, parts, components, services, and equipment. Manages and participates in the activities of buyers and subcontract administrators to accomplish business objectives. Reviews and approves significant purchase orders and subcontracts. Develops and interprets policies and procedures for the operation of the procurement department's activities and manages cost, schedule, and performance of subcontracts. Manages the coordination of purchasing activities with engineering and manufacturing departments. May accomplish objectives through subordinate management and/or professional staff. May be responsible for decisions that have a serious impact on outcomes within the department or across the company.


  • Review and approve purchase orders and agreements. Negotiate and award purchase orders and subcontracts on behalf of the corporation.

  • Establish and monitor compliance with purchasing policies and procedures in accordance with all acquisition, export and other applicable regulations, company policies and contractual requirements.

  • Assign tasks, review work, and provide direction to staff while ensuring purchasing processes are met within established timelines.

  • Manage and participate in proposal efforts by obtaining subcontractor and supplier quotes and proposals which may include subcontractor costs and pricing data. Analyze and negotiate subcontractor and supplier pricing when appropriate. Provide subcontractor and supplier pricing inputs to proposals/pricing departments.

  • Support production schedules by assisting in planning activities and monitoring buys.

  • Manage the facilitation of pre-award surveys and supplier evaluations.

  • Coordinate various internal and external audits, including government and customer audits.

  • Act as primary contact for purchasing activities and issues. May represent the company with customers, potential customers and suppliers.

  • Keep abreast of best practices in supply chain and materials management.

  • Manage and actively participate in the planning, attraction, selection, retention, and development of human resources to ensure the availability of the required management and professional talent.

  • Maintain the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • Responsible for ensuring all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations are observed wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the company. Responsible for ensuring work is accomplished in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.

  • Other duties as assigned or required.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a Bachelor's degree in business administration or a related discipline and eleven or more years of progressive experience interpreting, awarding and administering complex contractual agreements with at least five of those years managing purchasing processes and personnel. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.

  • Must have demonstrated experience in the concepts, principles, and standard practices of supply chain management and purchasing and an extensive knowledge of contract construction, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), FAR supplements, and the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Must be capable of coordinating inter-organizational activities and recommending creative solutions to complex issues. The ability to document, investigate, advise, interpret and explain complex issues or technical information to internal staff at all levels throughout the organization as well as external customers and suppliers is also required. Must have experience negotiating complex purchases and subcontracts and conducting briefings while having a detailed and comprehensive understanding of materials requirements planning. Able to work extended hours and travel as required.

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.