Arete Assocs.

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Longmont, CO

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

Areté conducts research, development and operational capability development across the technology spectrum for a wide range of national security and commercial customers.  Areté applies hard science to hard problems to develop innovative solutions.  We execute cutting edge analysis in sensors, lasers, and modeling.  We also conduct field tests of our products and manufacture a variety of components.  An employee-owned company, Areté offers an exciting and challenging work environment with highly competitive compensation levels, a full benefits package and significant advancement opportunities.

We have an immediate opening for a Buyer reporting to the Supply Chain Sr. ManagerThe position can reside in either our Tucson, AZ, Longmont, CO, Northridge, CA, or Arlington, VA offices. This is an exempt non-supervisory full-time position.

The successful candidate: 

Will support supply chain activities in a production and R&D environment and  follow company policies and procedures for various purchasing functions. Procures, sources and negotiates the buying of machinery, equipment, tools, raw material (electronic components, PCBs, Optics parts, Fabricated parts), packaging materials, services, and/or supplies necessary to support operations from all of Arete’s facilities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Process requisitions from Engineering or MRP into a purchase order, but first verifying all information is correct.
  • Obtain and review supplier quotes, negotiate prices, and select the appropriate supplier.
  • Establish compliance purchase order packages for all orders over $10K and flowing down all of the appropriate FAR and DFAR clauses, and Quality clauses.
  • Follow up on open orders through an established and consistent expedite process.
  • Establish internal relationships with quality, engineering, production managers and program managers to understand their requirements and order material in a timely manner that supports their schedules.
  • Assist in setting up New suppliers working with accounting and quality in acquiring supplier surveys, NDAs, and credit information.
  • Work with accounting when invoice issues arise.

Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • U.S. citizenship, background screen and drug test are required to meet position eligibility
  • BA/BS degree relative to Procurement with 6+ years of procurement experience
  • Experience using MRP databases
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, Outlook)
  • Ability to facilitate working relationships with internal customers and external suppliers
  • Ability to search the WEB for new suppliers with assistance from internal engineers
  • Working knowledge of FAR, DFAR, EAR and ITAR
  • Understand compliance requirements for under and over the $10K Micro Purchase Threshold
  • Effective organizational, verbal, and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications & Experience:

  • Experience using MRP software (CostPoint desired)
  • Experience with MS Project and PowerPoint

Areté offers a collegial and exciting work environment with an excellent compensation and a full benefits package, and advancement opportunities. U.S. citizenship, background screen and drug test are required to meet position eligibility.  Please submit your resume on-line at:

In compliance with Presidential Executive Order 14042, Areté requires that all newly hired employees are fully vaccinated before their start date.

Areté Associates is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact a Arete Associates Human Resources Representative.

Areté will consider for employment-qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.