Procurement Engineer

Pittsburgh, PA

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world.  The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals.  The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications.  Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic’s headquarters is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a second location in Mojave, California.

Astrobotic is currently looking for an experienced Procurement Engineer to identify and manage critical suppliers. This position plays a major role in the effective management of source selection, negotiations, and subcontractor relationships. The successful candidate will collaborate with cross-functional teams, participate in negotiations, contribute to cost savings initiatives, and ensure the timely and efficient delivery of goods and services while maintaining the highest standards of quality. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Acquisition of goods and services in support of contract and business-related projects. 
  • Properly flow prime contract requirements to suppliers. 
  • Manage company cost and schedule objectives related to outsourcing. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with suppliers. 
  • Recommend sourcing strategies, including analysis of supplier capability, price and cost, and quality, as required. 
  • Generate and distribute Request for Quotes to suppliers that include all pertinent information.  
  • Work closely with suppliers to obtain pricing and lead time information. 
  • Lead obsolescence management efforts for critical components. 
  • Work with Engineering Design Department regarding critical component features to identify suitable alternate parts. 
  • Work with suppliers to develop and obtain test and qualification data of components.  
  • Understand technical challenges and participate in discussions related to them. 
  • Perform source selection based on established best value criteria. 
  • Perform supply chain activities, including supplier qualification, performance oversight, and relationship development. 
  • Conduct negotiations, with management support, to secure favorable terms and conditions, price, and schedule with suppliers. 
  • Ensure continuity with critical suppliers from quoting through order closeout. 
  • Maintain coordination with internal customers to identify supply chain performance risks and develop mitigation strategies to ensure successful company performance. 
  • Provide supply chain procedure recommendations to reduce project risks and increase supplier performance.  
  • Ensure compliance with all company policies and procedures related to assignments. 

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, electromechanical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or related engineering discipline.   
  • 5+ years of experience in supply chain, including quoting and negotiating for critical suppliers. 
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • Technical understanding of mechanical, electrical, and/or aerospace products.  
  • Good organization and record keeping skills. 
  • Familiarity with relevant software and tools, including procurement management and ERP systems. 
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. 
  • Proficient Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience with FAR and DFAR requirements. 
  • Experience working in aerospace industry or DOD contracting. 
  • Experience with procurement-focused government audits. 
  • Experience with Deltek Costpoint and Jira. 

The base salary range represents the low and high end of the anticipated salary range for this position. The actual base salary offered for this position will depend on numerous factors including individual performance, business objectives, and the candidates professional experience.  Base salary is just one component of Astrobotic’s competitive total rewards strategy.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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