Kongsberg Gruppen KPS USA

Purchasing Specialist

Kongsberg Protech Systems USA in Johnstown is seeking to fill the position of Purchasing Specialist. The Purchasing Specialist wowkrs closely with planning and production to ensure timely delivery if critical materials for the manufacturing process. Works with suppliers to place purchase orders and expedite production materials, as well as Repair and Overhaul (R&O) materials. Great communication skills are key to the success of the incumbent.


Essential job functions are:

  • Develop supply chains and assist in contract negotiations
  • Utilize Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to identify production material requirements; Interface with production manager and planning manager to identify material issues
  • Process requisitions for all indirect materials, including shop supplies, tooling, equipment, office supplies, work clothes, etc.
  • Work with Return to Vendor Coordinator to process Material Non-conformances and Rejections, coordinate return, and faciliate resolution to issues associated with defective or damaged materials
  • Coordinate supplier corrective action requests and engineering change requests
  • Make periodic visits to suppliers' facilities to become familiar with equipment, personnel and capabilities, and assist them when problems arise; Identify and develop productivity and cost improvement strategies for suppliers
  • Administer supplier evaluations based on established metrics
  • Assist in identifying and implementing business improvement initiatives related to procurement function at Kongsberg Protech Systems USA (KPS USA)
  • Negotiate with the suppliers in accordance with company and government regulations
  • Apply Department of Defense (DOD)/US Government, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)/Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFAR) regulations to meet contract expectations for consistency, accuracy and compliance in purchase order documentation
  • Participate in new supplier development initiatives
  • Prepare and send requests for quotation in collaboration with Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace's procurement department
  • Support KPS USA's small business contracting requirements
  • Review engineering drawings and specifications with new and prospective vendors
  • Participate in evaluation of quotation packages and suppliers, including risk assessment, capacity analysis and quality control through various methods, including on-site audits.

A high school diploma or equivalent plus 5 years experience directly related to purchasing, contracts or supply chain -OR- a bachelor's degree in business or a related field plus 2 years experience directly related to purchasing, contracts or supply chain is required. Experience with federal government contracting is preferred.

A valid driver's license is required. Must be able to travel when needed. A good working knowledge or Microsoft Office software, with special attention to Excel, and ability to learn other systems is necessary.

Kongsberg Protech Systems USA, located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is part of Kongsberg Gruppen (KONGSBERG), an international knowledge-based group that supplies high-technology systems and solutions to its customers engaged in oil and gas production, the merchant marine, and the defense and aerospace industries. Kongsberg Protech Systems USA performs final assembly and testing of Remote Weapon Stations. The company also performs repair and overhaul (R&O) of remote weapon stations that come back from field operations.

In addition to competitve wages, we provide an excellent package of benefits, which presently includes company-paid health, dental and vision insurance with no contributions toward the premium, 401K plan with competitive match, 9/80 work schedule, life insurance and paid time off (PTO).


Interested parties must complete a Kongsberg employment application to be considered as an applicant for this position. Pleas send your resume and cover letter, including wage expectations and history to recruit@kdaus.kongsberg.com to receive an application.

Closing date for applications is Friday, January 25, 2019.


This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, and requires affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities. EEO/AA Employer M/F/V/D

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