Company Overview

For 30 years, clients in the private and public sectors have relied upon SOS International LLC (SOSi) for critical operations in the world’s most challenging environments. SOSi is privately held, was founded by its current ownership in 1989, maintains corporate headquarters in Reston, VA, and specializes in providing logistics, construction, training, intelligence, and information technology solutions to the defense, diplomatic, intelligence and law enforcement communities.

All interested individuals will receive consideration and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or protected veteran status. SOSi takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance diversity and inclusion of individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

CORPORATE-190407-8799: Purchasing Lead
LocationU.S. - Virginia - Reston
Open Date4/7/2019

SOSi is seeking a Purchasing Lead to oversee the procurement of goods, services, and issuance of purchase orders in support of the Corporation. The Purchasing Lead will also have a strategic role within the Procurement Department overseeing or assisting with process improvement initiatives, mentoring/training junior team members, file audits, compliance, and sourcing for complex acquisitions. The ideal candidate will have experience supporting both U.S. government and commercial clients, and have extensive familiarity in the standard concepts, rules, regulations, and practices relating to U.S. Government procuring, including familiarity with the FAR, DFARS, CPSR requirements, Procurement Integrity, the FCPA, and import/export regulations.


  • Develops, negotiates and administers purchase orders and their backup agreements of mid-high dollar value, risk, and complexity, consistent with client requirements and procurement policies/procedures
  • Supervises the purchasing team up to five people to provide best in class and proactive support to customers
  • Responsible for training and ongoing recurrent training of Requisitioners to assure alignment with purchasing purchase order requirements and company policy
  • Ensures an open competitive environment is maintained including utilizing of small business entities
  • Creates solicitations, supports proposals, conducts price and cost analysis, and negotiates price/cost and related terms in support of U.S. Government and commercial opportunities.
  • Performs analysis of supplier proposals with respect to T’s & C’s, appropriate FAR clause flow-downs, proposed price/cost, schedules, and coordination of the technical response as it relates to the specifications/statement of work
  • Works with other program staff, plays a significant role in ensuring compliance with required delivery performance
  • Represents purchasing in interactions with program and department management personnel on a variety of purchasing matters
  • Provides advice and counsel to business counterparts, specifically as it relates to risk identification and risk mitigation
  • Participates on multi-functional teams to obtain business solutions on complex, nonstandard purchase orders
  • Interacts with other procurement organization staff, functional peer groups, suppliers and internal customers
  • Evaluates proposals and/or bids and ensures pre-award source selection requirements are met (best price and/or value, supplier suitability, financial stability, etc.); determines adequacy of source selection documentation
  • Maintains information in databases including the Costpoint financial system
  • Assists in documenting processes, policies and procedures
  • Supports establishing an approved purchasing system
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field or equivalent experience
  • Eight years’ of purchasing superivsory experience in support of U.S. Government and Commercial Contracts
  • Experience in developing solicitations, qualifying and selecting suppliers (including performance of price and cost analysis), and negotiating complex agreement terms
  • Ability to draft, review, negotiate and administer various purchase orders
  • Familiarity with all U.S. Government Contract types and related purchase orders
  • Sound understanding of U.S. Government Contract flow-down clauses
  • Advanced knowledge of supply chain processes from requirements generation through receipt
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to switch-task, adapt to shifting priorities
  • International purchasing experience is a plus
  • Certified Purchasing Manager is a plus
  • Experience using CostPoint, Cognos and SharePoint is a plus
  • Experience in supporting a CHESS contract a plus
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to work independently to support internal customer
  • Experience in CPSR preparation and/or working in an approved purchasing system is required
  • Experience in working with small business utilization

Work Environment

  • Working conditions as normal for an office environment 
  • Requires periods of non-traditional hours including consecutive nights or weekends when necessary