General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Buyer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 21100BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Buyer

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 (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

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

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Buyer to work within our Procurement team, located in Rancho Bernardo, CA. With limited direction and review, this position is responsible for purchasing assemblies, sub-assemblies, electronic and electrical components, computer hard ware and software and services necessary to support a contract, subcontract or an internal organization.


  • Ensures compliance with company policies and procedures and applicable government regulations.

  • Compiles and analyzes statistical data to determine feasibility of buying products and to establish price objectives.

  • Identifies, develops and selects qualified suppliers.

  • Evaluates supplier reliability and performance.

  • Coordinates competitive and sole source procurements to meet required purchase dates and prepares required support documentation.

  • Reviews and analyzes suppliers’ bids. Performs cost and/or price analysis.

  • Conducts major procurement negotiations involving agreements on terms and conditions as well as prices and schedules.

  • Participates in cost and pricing reviews with program management and customers.

  • Follows up, expedites, and negotiates changes relative to delivery and supplier performance.

  • Maintains professional relationship with internal and external customers and suppliers.

  • May represent the organization as the primary purchasing contact on assigned contracts/subcontracts. May make presentations as required.

  • May provide advice to professional or technical staff on purchasing matters.

  • Maintains the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • Utilizes MS Office Suite, SAP, and other applications.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a bachelor's degree in business administration or related discipline along with ten or more years of progressive professional purchasing experience.

  • Equivalent professional purchasing experience may be substituted in lieu of education.

  • Must have a complete understanding of purchasing concepts and principles, FAR and related governmental rules and regulations; and experience demonstrating a complete application of those principles, concepts, and practices.

  • Must be customer focused and possess: (1) the ability to provide solutions to a range of complex purchasing problems; (2) strong communication and presentation skills to accurately document and report findings to a variety of audiences; (3) strong interpersonal and leadership skills to influence and guide employees, managers, and customers; (4) the ability to organize, schedule and coordinate multiple work phases; (5) the ability to lead less experienced purchasing staff on projects; and, (6) strong computer skills.

  • SAP experience is desirable.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team is essential as is the ability to work extended hours as required.

  • Limited travel may be 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.