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Brookhaven National Laboratory Principal Buyer in Upton, New York

Principal Buyer

  • Job ID #: 3927

  • Position Type: Full Time - Regular

  • FLSA: Exempt

  • Job Category: Administrative

  • Department: PRPR-PPM Procurement

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Why Work at BNL?

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

The Business Services Directorate (BSD) provides high-quality business services to support the Lab's research initiatives by participating in cross-functional teams with a focus on risk mitigation and cost management, which is a critical component to the Lab's success. Led by the Chief Financial Officer, Brookhaven’s Business Services Directorate includes the Budget Office, Fiscal Services Division, Procurement & Property Management Division, Chief Financial Office, and the Business Operations Offices. The Directorate manages a broad range of financial activities, including the planning and implementation of the Lab’s fiscal matters and its approximately $700 million annual budget.

The mission of the Procurement and Property Management (PPM) Division is to provide support for purchasing services, materials, equipment, and supplies for Brookhaven National Laboratory operations and programs. Procurement and Property Management Division does the following:

  • Provides internal customers with quality products and services in a timely manner at the lowest cost of ownership, i.e., "best value", using best commercial practices.

  • Supports the Laboratory's socioeconomic programs by using reliable small, small disadvantaged, women-owned, service-disabled veteran owned, and HUB (historically underutilized business) Zone businesses.

  • Ensures that acquisitions are conducted in compliance with the prime contract, applicable statutes, and regulations, and in accordance with the highest ethics and standards.

    Position Description

    The Procurement and Property Management Division has an opening for a Principal Buyer,dedicated to the EIC project.The Principal Buyer is a seasoned professional with a unique and highly developed expertise responsible for coordinating the complete procurement function from receipt of requisition to delivery of product, in accordance with standard procurement operating procedures.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Negotiate, prepare, and award purchase orders for micro-purchases in accordance with BSA’s objectives, established policies and procedures.

  • Provide procurement expertise and leadership to meet technical, schedule and budget requirements.

  • Prepare and present reports on procurement activities, including source and price justification, as applicable.

  • Document procurement files and perform the contracts administration, as applicable.

  • Support and adhere to requirements of procurement’s small business and socio-economic plan.

  • Manage and complete assigned procurements using best practices to meet customers’ quality and delivery requirements at reasonable prices.

  • Work under limited supervision, withing established procedures and guidelines.

  • Identify, report, and protect intellectual property and other proprietary information.

  • Maintain the highest ethics and standards in conducting procurement functions.

  • Respond to internal and external requests for information and guidance, in a timely manner.

  • Comply with BNL’s occupational safety and health requirements.

  • Keep capabilities and qualifications current, including completing required training for assigned tasks and work location.

  • Processes primarily, but not limited to, higher complexity, risk, priority, and dollar value procurements with signature authority of $325,000.

    Position Requirements

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • BA or BS degree in a business field.

  • Plus seven (7) years direct procurement experience, preferably in federal government procurement.

  • Experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and/or Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEAR), required.

  • Possess an advanced understanding of the procurement business discipline, regular business contact within and outside the Laboratory to obtain and provide detailed and complex information, tracks, organizes, and analyzes procurement information.

  • Ability to identify and resolve complex problems in the procurement of business consequences.

  • Can anticipate and establish paths to avoid problems and manage administrative processes on behalf of management.

  • Can develop and implement internal procedures.

  • Knowledge of information processing software, such as Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Skilled at establishing positive working relationships at all levels, internal and external and sets a positive example for productive teamwork.

  • Helps expand working relationships and demonstrates the ability to effectively influence relationships.

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree.

  • Certified Procurement Professional (CPP) or similar certification in government procurement practices.

    Additional Information:

    Remote work considered within the United States and role is based out of Upton, NY.

    Other Information:

    At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans;

  • Flexible Spending Accounts;

  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave);

  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan;

  • 401(k) Plan;

  • Flexible Work Arrangements including telework/hybrid model;

  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs;

  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation: Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis).

    Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

    Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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