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Manager, Procurement (San Diego, CA)

San Diego, California

Job ID 9019
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L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

Job Title: Manager, Procurement

Job Code: 9019

Job Location:San Diego, CA

Job Description:

L3Harris Technologies, Space and Airborne Segment (Space Systems, T&RF) is seeking an exceptionally motivated, proactive individual to support the Procurement function. This role requires an eye for detail, accuracy, excellent interpersonal skills, and proven track record for taking the initiative, delivering exceptional results, and exceeding expectations. 

Our teams are typically comprised of these five (5) commodities and are looking for candidates that have the experience and possess the potential to develop or manage/lead in these areas:

  • Cables and Wire: Includes but is not limited to fiber optic cables, cable harnesses, multi-conductor cables, overmolded cables, RF flex cables, semi-rigid cables, semi-flex cables, ribbon cables, power codes and raw wire.
  • Contract Manufacturing: Suppliers that market themselves as providing 'electronic manufacturing services' (EMS suppliers). Most EMS providers have the capability to produce printed circuit board assemblies (also known as circuit card assemblies), cables and electromechanical box builds.
  • Electronic Components: Are the device or entity within a system used to affect their associated field. Components within this category are procured either through distribution or direct with the manufacturer. This category includes but is not limited to actives, circuit protection, connectors, oscillators/crystals/filters, passives, Radio Frequency components and user interfaces.
  • Metals and Fabrication: The building of mechanical structures by cutting, bending, and assembling processes. It is a value-added process that involves the creation of machines, parts, and structures from various raw materials.
  • Printed Circuit Boards: Printed circuit board (PCB) forms the backbone of all major electronics, mechanically supporting and electronically connecting electronic components using conductive tracks, pads and other features etched from copper sheets laminated onto a non-conductive substrate. This category includes but is not limited to single and double-sided boards, multi-layer boards, rigid boards, flex boards, and rigid flex boards.

The Procurement function is for responsible acquiring goods and services from suppliers, receiving the right quality, in the right quantity, at the right time, for the right value, from the right source to optimize business performance. In addition, this function's aim is to achieve substantial cost reductions, increase product development speed, and increase quality assurance by incorporating KPIs, strategic planning, supplier vetting, supplier relationship/performance management, category management, risk management and Lean Practices. In this role, the procurement professional will manage the life-cycle of purchase orders from the initial source selection and acquisition strategy, or onboarding and vetting of new suppliers, through the solicitation, negotiation, and answering supplier information requests, to awarding a purchase order, to facilitating supplier supports request, managing the cost and schedule of the purchase, which includes purchase order management/execution, delivery of goods, invoicing, payment, or return of materials issues, to finalizing the purchase order closeout processes. L3Harris covers a variety of customer segments including U.S. Federal Government, Other Governments, Defense and Aerospace, and Commercial, both international and domestic. This requires the procurement team to be compliant with all government and agency laws and regulations.

Essential Functions:

  • Leads, directs, and reviews the work of direct report(s) who exercise latitude and independence in their assignments. Has hiring, firing, promotion, and compensation authority within own organization, in accordance with management review and approval. Reports to Senior Manager or higher.
  • Works independently and delegates pieces of complex work to support organizational needs.
  • Frequently responsible for providing guidance, coaching, mentoring, and training to other employees across the Company within area of expertise.
  • Responsible for representing and leading on a Portfolio/Division level, and or leading a team of buyers and managers and must possess excellent communication skills and communicate effectively with leadership, a wide array of professional levels, functions, and suppliers.
  • Expert ability to optimize and leverage organization's talents and the interaction of other functions to maximize efficiencies, improve key performance indicators (KPIs), develop custom strategies, support internal customer needs, and operate with excellence.
  • Focus on policy, strategy implementation, goals, and operational plans that will have measurable impact on the achievement of overall function or business results.
  • Expert understanding of Programs and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Enterprise Requirements Planning systems (finance, MRP, quality, engineering, etc.) and the cause-and-effect relationship between these systems.
  • Expert understanding of Procurements' relationship with other functions and the ability to influence and gain trust within these relationships to collaborate with the team and define the appropriate execution methods to meet cash flow, cost, and schedule objectives.
  • Expert understanding of forecasting and Supply Chain's influence on annual operating plan to include orders, sales, profit, and cash flow.
  • Subject Matter Expert with advanced technical knowledge including Design for Supply Chain/Design for Manufacturing (DFSC/DFX), expert use of supplier quality tools including Zero Defect Planning (ZDP) and Advance Product Quality Planning (APQP), Category Management practices, understanding supplier capabilities, supplier negotiation techniques and trade-offs.
  • Advanced negotiation skills in best value, lead times, pay terms, milestones, and executing legal documents (i.e., Purchase Order (PO), Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), Legal Agreements, Terms and Conditions etc.) to effectively align with the program structure and manage deliveries to meet performance requirements.
  • Serves as PEER reviewer and approver for PO Compliance packages, which includes, source justifications, commercial certifications, and price justifications along with other Federal Acquisition Regulation/Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement (FAR/DFARS), Department of Defense (DOD), and Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) requirements.
  • Identifies market trends and correlations in Program, Purchasing and Supplier data and develops action plans to address supplier performance trends, mitigate supplier risks, and leads plans to closure.
  • Subject Matter Expert with advanced skills to facilitate, lead and manage all aspects of supplier communications, actions and resolve problems within a cross functional team.
  • Contributes to the development of goals and department planning efforts.
  • May be assigned to work with programs or projects of significantly higher complexity or of strategic importance to the organization.
  • Must be available for business travel (up to 10%).


  • Typically, this position requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 9 years of prior relevant experience. A Graduate Degree and a minimum of 7 years of prior related experience. Or in lieu of a degree, a minimum of 13 years of prior related experience.
    • Requires management and leadership knowledge in job area. Typically has comprehensive knowledge and skills within a specific technical or professional discipline and may have broad understanding of other areas within the job function.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience with MRP/ERP Software and Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, WORD, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Strong continuous improvement background or certificate in Lean Six Sigma, Data Analytics, PPAP, 8-D Corrective Action Plans, Supplier/Program Risk Management and Supplier Category Management experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks with excellent attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, quality commitment, customer focus, strong interpersonal skills, and adaptability.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of management and program teams.
  • Is a self-starter and ability to build collaborative teams.
  • Takes proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability.
  • Ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced and ambiguous environment.

​​​​​​​In compliance with pay transparency requirements, the salary range for this role is $96,500 - $179,000. This is not a guarantee of compensation or salary, as final offer amount may vary based on factors including but not limited to experience and geographic location. L3Harris also offers a variety of benefits, including health and disability insurance, 401(k) match, flexible spending accounts, EAP, education assistance, parental leave, paid time off, and company-paid holidays. The specific programs and options available to an employee may vary depending on date of hire, schedule type, and the applicability of collective bargaining agreements.

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

L3Harris Technologies is an E-Verify Employer. Please click here for the E-Verify Poster in English or Spanish. For information regarding your Right To Work, please click here for English or Spanish.

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