Purchasing Manager - Torrance, CA

Seeking a Purchasing Manager who will oversee purchasing activities in compliance with a DCMA-approved purchasing system. The successful candidate will have the creativity, passion, and drive to take full responsibility for implementing purchasing policies and procedures for the entire corporation. The candidate must understand government contracting, including FAR/DFARS and procurement policies & procedures.


  • Implement and maintain corporate purchasing systems and procedures, which enable us to purchase from suppliers with the best delivery terms, quality, and total cost performance. Familiarity with AS9100.   Recent and detailed experience with Contractor Purchasing System Reviews (normally conducted by DCMA) is a definite plus.

  • Develop policies and procedures, to enable us to enter into partnerships with our suppliers which foster excellent performance.

  • Negotiate unique subcontracts and purchasing arrangements using knowledge that is based on a technical understanding of the types of purchases to be made, market factors and internal requirements.

  • Maintain and furnish purchasing records, analyses, cost data and reports for use in scheduling, planning, budgeting and other functional activities.

  • Administer supplier improvement process to include quantitative supplier performance measures for quality and delivery performance. Accomplish Continuous Improvement initiatives: focus on cost savings, gross margin improvement, etc.

  • Design and implement training programs for purchasing policies and procedures.


  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or a related field. Master’s Degree is a plus.

  • 5 years of purchasing experience within an aerospace/manufacturing environment.

  • Prefer experience with Deltek Costpoint.

  • 3 years of supervisory experience that includes establishing goals and objectives for the purchasing department, coordinating purchasing activities, assigning/scheduling tasks, communicating expectations and deliverables.

  • Strong contract negotiation skills for complex requests for equipment, supplies, and services from suppliers and subcontractors.

  • Prefer experience transitioning from a manual purchasing system (e.g. issuing POS from Deltek) to an automated MRP system

  • Prefer certifications from Industry associations (C.P.M./CPPM)

  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and written

  • U.S. citizenship a must.