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Aerospace Buyer (multiple openings)

Kent, WA 98032

Posted: 06/20/2024 Industry: Operations Job Number: 2332890 Pay Rate: 35/hour - 55/hour

Job Description

Compensation: Up to $55/hour plus overtime (10 hours weekly is available) 11 paid holidays, multiple weeks PTO, and full healthcare benefits.


Location: Combination of onsite and hybrid. Candidates must live in the general areas of Renton, WA, Huntsville, AL, El Segundo, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Denver, CO, Washington DC, or Merritt Island, FL.


Positions are 6-24 month contract-to-hire opportunities with high possibility to convert to FTE.


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We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of a diverse and hardworking team of professionals, specialists, and engineers, you will lead efforts to manage and direct suppliers and teammates to support the external development of various spaceflight systems. You will interact with our customers, the Programs, to address concerns and ensure development efforts and deliveries are on track.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Our Buyers will ensure program requirements are appropriately prioritized and executed to meet the needs of Blue Origin. They will be competent in Blue Origin Supply Chain compliance standards, strategies, and initiatives. They have excellent oral and written skills, and solid communication skills. They also have experience preparing and issuing Requests for Proposal/ Requests for Quote, performing price analyses in support of proposals, and have developed negotiation strategies and led formal negotiations. Our Buyer II is experienced in constructing various contracting types for major procurement activities to meet the requirements of the programs and needs of the business to include long range procurement agreements, sourcing partnerships, continuous improvement initiatives, and identification of opportunities for enhanced efficiencies. They take ownership of the procurement process from requisition creation through final payment of invoices and are accountable to resolve issues within this process. They will lead the identification, implementation, negotiation, execution, and management of strategic agreements (i.e., Long-Term Agreements (LTAs)) where mutually beneficial. They will support the overall procurement organization’s strategic direction and ensure corporate strategic objectives are achieved to include delivery of production materials that are on time, within budget and meet technical performance requirements.

Key candidate attributes to facilitate success in this role include influencing, facilitation, presentation, communication, process development, analysis, and problem solving. We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Finance or similar with minimum 2-5+ years of experience in Supply Chain Management
  • Must have knowledge and experience in procurement and supplier management
  • Must have understanding and knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  • Experience with negotiating and managing multiple contract types, including but not limited to Firm Fixed Price (FFP), Time and Material (T&M) and cost type (CPFF, CPIF)
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time
  • Proven ability to meet tight deadlines, multi-task, and prioritize workload
  • Track record of working in an ambiguous environment and successfully balancing priorities
  • Interprets and applies company, policies, procedures, work instructions, business standards and U.S. government regulations, i.e., FAR, DFAR, SOX Compliance.
  • Maintain compliant and accurate files and data records.
  • Strong analytical skills, data driven with experience in establishing and tracking program metrics
  • Create and maintain systems and processes to streamline operations.
  • Must have top notch people and communication skills.
  • Working understanding of AS9100 standards.
  • Knowledge of Engineering Data such as specifications & source control drawings.
  • An eagerness to identify opportunities, find solutions, execute plans, and evaluate results critically and expediently
  • Ensure timely and effective completion of projects and initiatives of the supply chain department.
  • Highly analytical and critical thinker
  • Maintains passion for solving problems from end-to-end
  • Adept at working with different systems and making recommendations on improvements for both systems and processes
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion

  • Prior experience in the Space or Aerospace industry
  • Experience with Avionics or Fluids components
  • Experience with import/export (ITAR/EAR) regulations
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities in a dynamic environment
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) Certification
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Experience with Deltek Costpoint, Jira, SharePoint


Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Who is Rainier Recruiting? 

Rainier Recruiting is a boutique, award winning national staffing agency and executive search firm. Using an approach that “treats every

candidate like an executive search”, we offer positions in contract-to-hire, Full-Time, and executive search. Named the #1 Best Workplace in Washington State in 2022, recognized as a ClearlyRated Best of Staffing firm, and identified as a top recruitment firm by multiple business journals, Rainier Recruiting is fast becoming a respected company. We are no longer the “best recruiters you have never heard of”. Rainier Recruiting is also proud to share our clients have a 93% repeat business rate. Rainier Recruiting is an equal opportunity employer and service provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation or belief, or any other protected class. We are committed to the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment and are dedicated to making employment decisions based on merit and value, for ourselves, our client companies, and for the candidates we represent. We engage in socially conscious business practices and believe that diverse, equitable, inclusive, and non-biased talent and recruitment processes are foundational to the success of every organization that we partner with.  

Meet Your Recruiter

Joely Downing
Senior Recruiter

Joely spent most of her career in the hotel business and started recruiting in the Hospitality field before coming to Rainier Recruiting.  Outside of work, Joely enjoys time with family and friends and traveling. Confident she can find the best candidates from anywhere, she is hoping to move her desk permanently to Mexico sooner than later.    

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