Procurement Specialist

Blacksburg | Operations

We are looking for a Procurement Specialist to join our Corporate Operations team in Blacksburg, Virginia. Although based in Blacksburg, this individual will also remotely support procurement for all other US offices. The successful candidate will be experienced in vendor identification, negotiations, vendor management, RFP process/approvals, and be able to work independently with little or no supervision. The Procurement Specialist will be well organized, flexible, and enjoy the challenges of supporting the diverse procurement needs of a variety of departments.



  • Communicates with various department leadership to understand and document purchasing needs.

  • Identifies potential vendors through RFP or other processes.

  • Compares multiple vendor options and makes recommendations to department leadership.

  • Negotiates vendor pricing, service level agreements (SLAs), and contract periods.

  • Works with Legal/Contracts/Financing teams on contract negotiation and approval.

  • Works with other departments to manage inventories and related costs to align with annual budget allowances.

  • Manages contract terms to ensure both and vendor are in compliance with contract terms.

  • Conducts periodic vendor performance evaluation to ensure SLAs are maintained.

  • Analyzes costs and makes recommendations for better expense management.

  • Assists various departments in budgeting processes.

  • Ensures contracts are maintained and filed with Contracts teams.



  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or supply chain management or the equivalent military or on-the-job experience.

  • Strong math, analytical, organizational, written and verbal communication skills are required.

  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multitask and prioritize competing demands.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.

  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgement and awareness when escalating issues as they arise.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Excellent negotiation skills.

  • Strong attention to detail and problem solving skills.

  • Strong organizational and planning skills.

  • Knowledge of accounting, data, and administrative management practices and procedures.

  • Computer skills including  knowledge of and intermediate experience with office software packages.


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