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Senior Buyer

Ensign-Bickford Industries
United States, Kentucky, Graham
500 Bickford Road (Show on map)
Jul 14, 2024

This opportunity is located within our Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company business, a global leader of mission-critical hardware and systems solutions including precision energetics systems and innovative explosive solutions.

Job Description

Senior Buyer:

Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company (EBAD) is a leader in energetic system solutions offered to Aerospace and Defense customers for a wide array of applications. EBAD products & capabilities set the U.S. standard and are highly sought after in the international community.

Due to significant company growth, EBAD seeks a supply chain professional for the new position of Senior Buyer reporting to the Senior Supply Chain and Logistics Manager in our Graham, Kentucky Campus. This role is not remote and requires and on-site presence in Graham Kentucky.


  • Provides creative solutions and leadership in implementing procurement in area of assigned responsibility. Leveraging expertise and experience, manage all aspects of end-to-end supply chain management to include procurement from component definition through to supplier delivery.
  • Performs assessment of supplier risk, creates competitive Request for Proposals, conducts supplier selection & development, negotiates with suppliers, procurement scheduling, support to Master Schedule input, Purchase Order management, conflict resolution and manages supplier follow up activity to ensure on time delivery of high-quality products at most favorable total cost (Total Cost of Ownership).
  • In this role, you will purchase a wide range of components including contracted services, raw materials, machined components, explosive materials, and all assigned material requests in support of EBAD Graham, Kentucky Operations.
  • Recommends inventory fulfillment approaches such as Kanban and strategic inventory planning, forecasting and configuration management using IFS Enterprise planning system.
  • Works with Proposal Engineers and Development Engineering as procurement lead on new product business proposals.
  • Ensures that all regulatory requirements with respect to purchasing, storage, and transportation of materials are adhered to in accordance with EBAD Quality Management Systems.
  • Creates procurement cost/price justifications consistent with requirements of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFARs).
  • Participation in Continuous Improvement activities, working with suppliers and internal customers to facilitate improvements in quality, on-time delivery, and cost.
  • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft office. Helpful to have Microsoft power BI proficiency for advanced data analysis.


  • The Candidate must have a BA/BS in Supply Chain, Finance or Business. 3-5 years tactical purchasing, 6-10 years strategic procurement, and people management experience within procurement and supply chain operations in the Aerospace and Defense industry.
  • Experience in both low volume, development scale procurement (R&D), to low/medium volume production procurement is desirable.Understanding of Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing practices and basic operation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
  • APICS certification preferred in CPM / CPIM
  • Knowledge of FAR/DFARS and related government procurement documentation requirements.
  • Excels in a dynamic work environment with high growth.Takes initiative, is innovative and goal oriented.
  • Values Safety, Quality, Cost, Teamwork, and places core values in line with objectives
  • Career minded with the ability and desire to move up to manage a group of SCM professionals within a 5-year period.
  • Must be willing to travel as needed (up to 30% as required).

Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.

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