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Senior Buyer

Date: Jul 12, 2019

Location: Norfolk, VA, US, 23523

Company: National Steel and Shipbuilding Com

Shift : ALL

Security Clearance: No Clearance


General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk is the consolidation of two great shipyards that have operated in the Port of Hampton Roads, Virginia for more than 50 years - the former Metro Machine Corporation and the former Earl Industries.  Along with our facilities in Bremerton, Washington, our expertise encompasses experience on more than 450 ships, a Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) contract, and the maintenance and repair of aircraft carriers and ships from the Navy's amphibious fleet.





Responsible for procurement of quality material and services that meets specification requirements and will be delivered within schedule and budget requirements.


POSITION DEMANDS (Education/Training)          


Typically has a BA/BS in a related field, or AA/AS plus two (2) years’ directly related experience, or six (6) years’ directly related experience.




In depth knowledge of:

Knowledge in:

  • Basic shipbuilding/ship repair process and materials requirements.
  • Pricing structures for commodity materials.
  • Commodity materials sources.
  • Basic mathematical computation.
  • Basic accounting principles.
  • Inventory control methods.
  • Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) and Export Management System (EMS) requirements.

Skills in:

  • Reading blueprints and Ship’s Drawings desirable.
  • Interpretation of technical documentation.
  • Negotiating.
  • Document preparation.
  • Documentation of purchasing decisions.
  • Basic use of Microsoft Office products.
  • Personal work-load and time organization.
  • Ability to function in stressful situations.
  • Good business math and interpersonal and communication skills.















Must be able to go on vessels






Visual Requirements:






















Reports to the Purchasing Manager.  Works in a team environment with other Supply Chain Management Department personnel.  Maintains internal contact with Engineering, Estimating, Warehousing, Storeroom, Integrated Logistic Support, Production, and Quality Assurance.  External contact maintained with NASSCO Suppliers and Customers.  This position has no direct reports.




  • Responsible for procurement of “off the shelf” and “custom” materials, where technical specifications and performance parameters are fairly well documented.
  • Prepare and solicit Requests for Quotes (RFQs); furnish Suppliers with specifications and schedule information, and evaluate received price quotations.
  • Determine potential Suppliers’ qualifications with respect to facilities, manpower, reliability, quality control, financial status and stability.  Review previous quality, on-time delivery, quality, and cost performance records.  Assist in developing Supplier facility surveys.
  • Negotiate schedule, price, contractual terms and conditions, and other procurement options as required to support statement of work and/or specifications in accordance with the Outline of Authority to Act.  Perform and document price analysis.
  • Recommend Supplier selections after analysis of pricing, technical compliance, quality, schedule support, and verification of Excluded Parties List (EPLS).  Obtain reviews, concurrence, and approvals as required by the Purchasing Manual.
  • Write and review purchase orders, research material specifications, and delivery requirements based on schedules.  Document purchasing decisions in accordance with the Purchasing Manual. Maintain contract administration requirements throughout the purchase order’s period of performance.  Process all correspondence and Supplier contracts necessary to close out purchase orders.  Facilitate review of initiated transactions to assure accuracy and consistency of processes and procurement documents as required by the Purchasing Manual.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Suppliers and NASSCO personnel.  Monitor Supplier, Ship Superintendent, Trades and Material Control personnel for resolution of performance problems.  Resolve Supplier responsible rejections in timely manner.
  • Resolve invoicing issues.
  • Maintain integrity of the procurement process and adherence to Purchasing Manual procedures to ensure compliance with Internal Controls and Government regulations.
  • Maintain updated information on Supplier deliveries on a daily basis.  Coordinate with Suppliers daily, utilizing repair Material Status Report (MSR).
  • Be aware of NASSCO’s “Standards and Business Conduct” and abide by the instructions and guidelines set forth in the standard.
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned.




Accountable to the Purchasing Manager for procurement of acceptable materials at the best possible price while ensuring timely delivery in support of production.   Results are related to the quality and timeliness of achieving project goals and ability to develop, implement, and/or adhere to processes that maximize productiveness and throughout. 




  • Regular, reliable attendance onsite is an essential function of the job
  • Must have reliable record of attendance and punctuality and be available for overtime as required.  Must be able to physically transit all areas of the facility. 
  • Regularly required to sit, use hands and fingers, handle or feel objects or controls, and to talk and hear. 
  • Must have good eye/hand coordination. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Must be able to gain access to all work locations including government and private ship yards and/or vessels.
  • A credit check will be required for this position.




General Dynamics NASSCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.

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