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Buyer / Purchaser - ERC

Engineering Research Huntsville Full-Time
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Buyer/Purchaser will support the U. S. Army Redstone Test Center Wide Engineering and Support Services Contract on Redstone Arsenal, AL with work experience involving typical procurement activities, including cradle to grave materials and services purchasing, issuing RFQ/RFP, evaluating responses, negotiating contract terms and pricing, and ensure compliance with company policies, government regulations and Public Law in order to maintain file documentation in accordance with DCMA Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) requirements.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • 2 or more years of experience managing purchase orders of test instrumentation, development and manufacturing with mechanical and electronic parts in support of a Government contract.

  • Prefer Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Procurement, Business Administration, Accounting or other related field. A minimum of a High School Diploma.

  • Must have previous experience, working knowledge, and understanding of government regulations including Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).

  • Previous experience and track record of success creating cost and price analysis justifications is required.

  • Previous experience MUST include a strong working knowledge of Microsoft (MS) Windows Operating Systems (OS) for personal computers and MS Office products.

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Must be able to adapt to changing work efforts and manage shifting priorities.

  • Strong organizational and workflow skills is required.

  • Previous experience with Deltek CostPoint Procurement module is preferred.

  • Proof of US Citizenship and valid driver’s license is required.

  • Must be able to obtain a Secret Security Clearance. Current Secret clearance is a plus.


Successful candidate will receive approved purchase requests; conduct market research; issue requests for quotes/proposals; evaluate and prepare comparative analyses of quotes/offers for best value, delivery, and other evaluation criteria; make source selections; negotiate pricing, terms and conditions; issue, administer, modify, expedite and close out purchase orders; research and maintain available supplier lists; and setup and maintain file documentation to established contract and company procurement standards, as well as, DCMA Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) requirements.

Duties will involve working with routine to complex purchase order terms and conditions, clauses and other contractual requirements to assist management with dealing with contractual rights and obligations as related to vendor activity; and complying with corporate policies, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to include oversight of vendor compliance, as applicable. Qualified applicant will have good communication (oral and written) skills and the ability to establish and maintain a close relationship with internal and external customers, as well as, other administrative departments; and work independently and take a proactive role to assure that items are completed on or ahead of schedule. Must be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing with military, government, and contractor personnel.


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2006 – ERC is competitively awarded the nine-year Research in Propulsion Sciences 2 contract to support the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Propulsion Directorate at Edwards Air Force Base, California. This is the follow-on contract to ERC’s Research in Propulsion Sciences contract awarded in 1998. ERC’s support on RPS-2 includes scientific and engineering research as well as development and testing related to rocket propulsion.
ERC is competitively selected by Jacobs Sverdrup (JS) to support Johnson Space Center’s White Sands Test Facility’s Test and Evaluation Contract.

2005 – ERC receives the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Region 4 Sub-Prime Contractor of the Year Award.

ERC is competitively selected by Jacobs Sverdrup (JS) to support Johnson Space Center’s Engineering and Science Contract. Support involves engineering and technical support including a broad range of activities in the Engineering Directorate and the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Office.

ERC is competitively awarded the Technical Support for Propulsion and Structures Directorate contract. This contract is a follow-on to two previously ERC held contracts.

ERC is competitively selected by JS to continue our support to Marshall Space Flight Center’s Engineering, Science, and Technology Services Contract.

ERC receives the SBA’s Administrator’s Award for Excellence.

2004 – ERC receives NASA’s George M. Low Award.

ERC is competitively selected by Jacobs Sverdrup (JS) to support Stennis Space Center’s (SSC) Test Operations Contract. Support includes development, construction, and operation of test systems of various test programs at SSC as well as Marshall Space Flight Center.

ERC’s President/CEO, Dr. Ernest H. Wu, receives the Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Engineering Category) from Asian Enterprise Magazine.

ERC’s President/CEO, Dr. Ernest H. Wu, receives special recognition for his commitment to Oakwood College and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

2003 – ERC is awarded Marshall Space Flight Center’s Contractor Excellence Award in the small business – service category.

ERC is competitively selected by Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) to support Marshall Space Flight Center’s calibration laboratory. Support involves all electrical and mechanical system calibration.

ERC is competitively awarded the follow-on contract to the 1998 award from the U.S. Army Redstone Technical Test Center (RTTC). The support includes missile component testing in laboratories and electromagnetic effects testing of missile and aircraft systems.

ERC receives SBA’s Administrator’s Award for Excellence.

ERC achieves annual revenue milestone of $50M in sales with 70% of sales from contracts with ERC as the prime contractor.

2002 – ERC is awarded a five-year contract with the U.S. Army Redstone Technical Test Center supporting the Firing Test Division. This contract consists of test, evaluation, and analysis support for aircraft mounted systems, missiles and warheads, and development of data acquisition and telemetry systems.

ERC competitively wins the follow-on contract to the 1998 award to support the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Commands Propulsion and Structures Directorate. Propulsion systems supported include solids, liquids, and gels.

2001 – ERC is competitively chosen by Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to support the Jet Propulsion Laboratory with network engineering, network administration and system administration.

ERC was a part of the Jacobs Sverdrup team that received NASA’s “Software of the Year” award for work performed at Marshall Space Flight Center.

ERC is re-awarded a sole-source support contract to Marshall Space Flight Center to support the Reusable Solid Rocket Motor Project Office.

2000 – ERC acquired heavy construction assets. The new commercial division, Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC), specializes in engineering design and construction services.

Designated by U. S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research as Year 2000 "Star Team"

ERC begins work in system administration in Pasadena at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and in Denver at Lockheed Martin Astronautics under the Consolidated Space Operations Contract (CSOC) contract awarded to Lockheed Martin by NASA.

ERC is competitively selected by Sverdrup Technology’s MSFC Group to support Marshall Space Flight Center in Advanced Space Transportation.

ERC is nominated for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.

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