PAE, Inc Buyer in Kabul, Afghanistan

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World


Reports to: Procurement Supervisor

Performance Location: The individual filling this position will be supporting PAE on a contract for the US Department of State and working at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Periodic travel with extended overnight stays may be required while working in other locations in Afghanistan. Percentage of travel will vary significantly but on average is expected to be less than 10% of the total time.

Working Environment: The candidate will work in a traditional field office and on construction and maintenance sites including exposure to the dangers inherent with traveling to and working on such sites.

Work Schedule: This position works ten hours/day six days a week minimum.

GLSO intro:

PAE is a leading provider of integrated global mission services to the U.S. Government and its allied partners. For over Sixty years, PAE has provided training, logistics, operations and maintenance services to support complex missions for customers around the world. PAE employs approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries supporting some of the most meaningful and exciting missions in the world. The Buyer will apply sound procurement techniques to support acquisition planning, acquisition strategies, and subsequent acquisition of materials and simple services to support prime contract operations in Afghanistan. The successful candidate will accomplish these objectives through daily, competent performance of the following duties.

Job Summary:

Under general direction, purchases a high volume and variety of materials, supplies, and services. Evaluates bids, selects, and recommends suppliers and negotiates price, delivery, quality, and service. Follows up on all awards until completion of order. Negotiates and settles with suppliers regarding damage claims, rejections, return of materials, over-shipments, cancellations, and engineering changes. Conducts supplier site visits and rates them as to production capability, performance, and delivery. Responsible for complying with corporate policies, procedures, and underlying Federal, state, and/or local regulations concerning the purchase or shipment of goods, materials, or services. May be assigned higher value or higher complexity tasks with oversight from more senior level staff.

Job Duties:

  • Apply sound procurement techniques to support acquisition planning, acquisition strategies, and subsequent acquisition of materials and simple services.

  • Maintain a working knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations and standard commercial procurement practices.

  • Review purchase requisitions for clarity, compliance, detail, completeness, and obtain additional information considered necessary.

  • Develop sourcing lists for various commodities to support the development of requests for information (RFIs), quotations (RFQs), proposals (RFPs) and invitations to bid.

  • Interview potential suppliers.

  • Review solicitation responses and perform relevant analyses to include price and cost, Statement of Work compliance, delivery terms, payment terms, and other terms and conditions of the procurement.

  • Serve as a business advisor to internal customers, providing alternative solutions to requested items when such solution would provide a benefit to the Company (i.e. enhanced performance, cost savings, or positive schedule impact).

  • Negotiate all aspects of procurements to include price, payment and delivery terms, quality requirements, and other factors with suppliers to achieve the best value procurement possible.

  • Generate Purchase Orders in final form for approval and signature.

  • Prepare and maintain complete Purchase Order files in accordance with Federal Acquisition policies, Corporate Procurement guidance, and other applicable references to ensure compliance throughout the procurement cycle.

  • Procure using streamlined acquisition methods such as purchase card transactions.

  • Actively manage the procurement process from order placement through receipt of products and subsequent payment of invoices.

  • Actively manage supplier performance through consistent communication to ensure proper adherence to purchase order terms and conditions.

  • Participate in the invoice approval process to ensure that supplier invoices are in accordance with purchase order terms and conditions, and resolve issues as necessary.

  • Plan, organize, prioritize and perform multiple tasks to execute job functions in an orderly, efficient manner.

  • Work professionally in a team environment and independently as necessary.

  • Identify problems, analyze alternatives, and develop viable recommendations.

  • Read, comprehend and interpret written materials of moderate to complex difficulty.

  • Compose written materials of moderate to complex difficulty on procurement-related issues.

  • Act with integrity at all times when representing the Company.

  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications :

  • A BA/BS in Business, Supply Chain Management or a related discipline is required. Equivalent experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree.

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience purchasing commodities in support of a government contract is required.

  • Experience with the Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) process is highly desired.

  • Requires a working knowledge of Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR/DFAR).

  • Must be proficient in basic office software applications (such as Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet Explorer).

  • The ability to exercise good judgment in safeguarding confidential or sensitive information and adhere to high standards of confidentiality and honesty is required.

  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Proficiency in the CostPoint ERP platform is desired.

  • Thorough understanding of traditions, languages, and business principles practiced throughout Afghanistan is desired.

  • Experience traveling or living in austere environments is desired.

  • Minimum travel may be required to other locations (up to 25%)

Language Requirements:

  • Must be fluent in speaking, reading and writing English.

  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills sufficient to effectively communicate with employees, management and the client.

Citizenship: US citizenship is not required for this position

Clearance: Must be able to obtain a MRPT clearance.

Potential Growth Target: Buyer III

PAE is an equal opportunity employer and drug free workplace.

Additional staff required to meet the GSCM needs of the GLSO business unit.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), should you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a currently open position with PAE, please call Recruiting at (703) 656-6064 or email with "Disability Assistance" in the subject line.