Buyer, Direct Subcontract Administrator II/III - Remote

The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

Job Summary

Supply Chain manages all aspect of procurement for the entire corporation. We provide the opportunity to be a part of a diverse team that purchases a wide range of capital, indirect and government funded products and services including IT, specialized equipment, facilities services and engineering, design, and construction. As the purchasing agent you will provide your experience and understanding of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement of direct goods and services.


Work Model



What You’ll Be Doing

  •  You will administer strategic sourcing and procurement of direct goods and services for The Aerospace Corporation
  • You will have previous experience and a good working knowledge of subcontracting under FAR guidelines utilizing diverse contract types such as T&M, Cost Type, FFP etc.
  • You will evaluate and improve sourcing activities, analyzing current suppliers and cost
  • You will complete formal market analysis to investigate market behaviors, trends and influences on the category requirement
  • Identify the best contract approach, pricing model, and category management governance
  • You will lead RFI’s, RFP’s, RFQs, RFS’s, supplier/source selection, negotiation and awarding best value
  • You will evaluate current need, forecast product and services demands for assigned contracts
  • You will implement procedures to continuously evaluate suppliers, costs and deliverability
  • You will document the procurement package in accordance with company policies and procedures
  • You will administer and lead post-award supplier management/administration, including SRM, continuous improvement / transformation /innovation as required


What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related field
  • 1-2 years of relevant experience for level 2
  • 2-4 years of relevant experience for level 3
  • Strong experience subcontracting under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
  • Demonstrated understanding and execution of the entire procurement cycle
  • Experience establishing/developing appropriately scaled SRM framework
  • Project management skills to build, manage, and meet effective procurement schedules
  • Financial acumen and analytical skills required to construct pricing strategies/exhibits, conduct bid evaluation, and justify pricing reasonableness


How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • SAP experience
  • Aerospace industry experience
  • Experience setting up strategic agreement related to direct categories
  • Procurement experience in research and development environment
  • Fast pace procurement and subcontracting

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business.  The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below.  Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills. 

(Min - Mid - Max)

$75,937 - $97,969 - $120,000

Pay Basis: Annual

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change   
  • Engage with Impact   
  • Foster Innovation   
  • Deliver Results  

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type.  A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans

  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation

  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options

  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions

  • Relocation assistance

  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career

  • Education assistance programs

  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement


Job Profile


Competitive compensation package based on performance


Financial Acumen Market Analysis Procurement Project Management Strategic sourcing Supplier Management

  • Administer post-award supplier management
  • Administer strategic sourcing and procurement
  • Complete formal market analysis
  • Document procurement package
  • Evaluate and improve sourcing activities
  • Evaluate current needs and forecast demands
  • Identify best contract approach and pricing model
  • Implement procedures to evaluate suppliers and costs
  • Lead RFI’s, RFP’s, RFQs

1-4 years


Business Administration