PDS Tech Inc Tactical Buyer in Herndon, Virginia

PDS Tech Inc. is seeking a Tactical Buyer, in Herndon, VA.


  • Responsible for the acquisition of goods and/or services within assigned group.

  • Apply general procurement procedures and guidelines.

  • Maximize opportunities to consolidate orders, quantities to acquire higher discounts, related offers.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Applies general procurement procedures and rules to acquisition of items and services related to indirect procurement.

  • Is responsible for RFQs and competitive tender projects, sourcing, contracting, negotiating and supporting the ordering process.

  • Typically handles projects up to $100,000 and supports Sr. Buyers above that value.

  • Serves as the daily link to the customer validating needs, adequacy of items ordered and delivered; level of satisfaction with items and suppliers.

  • Develop and maintain an efficient supply chain within designated area capable of delivering goods/work packages (services), matching requirements and business objectives.

  • Work with customers to ensure deliverables are in line with contract terms (cost, time, quality) especially on routinely ordered items.

  • Establish, maintain and enhance continuous commercial relationships with suppliers in order to secure work with best-in class suppliers.

  • Develop understanding and cultivate customers' understanding the Group Savings Programs and work cooperatively to achieve savings even from lower value purchases.

  • Facilitate general procurement transactions to fill business needs and provide internal customers with goods and services in compliance with the General Procurement procedures and guidelines and with the respective commodity strategies and borderlines defined by the Community management organization to the customers' complete satisfaction.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Participate on project teams on general procurement projects in vendor evaluation, audits, to identify new/alternate sources/suppliers and similar efforts.

  • Engage with colleagues to share information regarding vendors as well as internal customers to identify particularly effective and consistently poor providers to generally upgrade General Procurement services.

  • Establish relationships with customers that enable clear and effective identification of needs and mutual understanding of feedback.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:

  • At least three (3) years of general procurement/purchasing experience with technical goods and services.

  • Additional experience related to IT, HR and Event services procurement preferred.

  • Knowledge of additional functions including: finance, negotiation and communication skills.

  • Exposure to work-focused team(s).

  • Knowledge of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning); SAP preferred; ORACLE acceptable.

Education / Special Qualifications:

  • A Bachelors' degree in Business or Engineering or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Fluency in English sufficient to fully engage in negotiations.

  • Fluency in French, German or Spanish is highly desirable.

  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.