• Balad Air Base, Iraq
  • Required Clearance - None
  • USN
  • Logistics


Balad, Iraq


FLSA status:

Full Time, Exempt


Clearance level:

Ability to obtain


Summary of essential job functions:

Sallyport is looking for Purchasing Manager with a proven track record in US Government related purchasing to work in support of a US Government prime contract in Balad, Iraq. As a member Sallyport's Supply Chain Team, the Purchasing Manager will lead all procurement and outsourcing activities from international suppliers in support of our base operations and life support contracts at Balad Air Force Base. This person is a key member of the Supply Chain team and program management team responsible for sourcing and purchasing products throughout the Middle East.  This work is performed under the general direction of Sallyport Supply Chain Management and the Balad Program Management Office.


Roles and responsibilities:

  • Manage, train and lead a team of 5 Sallyport buyers located at the Balad Air Force Base.
  • Provide sourcing of base and life support items in the Iraq and regional markets through the Middle East.
  • Coordinate with CONUS Procurement, the program Logistics team and Site Manager to ensure products are received by Sallyport and/or Sallyport's shipping partners' consolidation points in a timely manner
  • Establish and maintain strong and positive relationships with Iraqi and other regional suppliers.
  • Ensure all proper paperwork is received for both local purchases and materials purchases from other OCONUS and CONUS locations.
  • Responsible for generating cost reductions from suppliers on an annual basis. Requires reviewing all existing product lines and communicating our price requirements to the suppliers.
  • Establish blanket purchasing agreements and other master purchasing agreements as required to leverage cost and best value.
  • Manage and control the return of defective material for either replacement or repair.
  • Performs other related duties as required. Respond to Supplier inquiries, maintain open line of communication with requestors, and provide status to Management on all assigned procurement activity.
  • Prepare and disseminate weekly purchasing status update logs that address open requisition and orders.


Desired knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Good verbal and written skills.
  • Strong collaborative and organizational skills.
  • Strong knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Read, comprehend and interpret written materials of moderate to complex difficulty and provide these interpretations to end-users and/or management when applicable.


Minimum qualifications and education requirements:

  • Minimum 7 years purchasing experience.
  • Minimum 2 years purchasing of life support/base operations support material in the Middle East.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • Significant experience with detailed price analyses and negotiation memos
  • Must be a US citizen with the ability to obtain US government clearance


Preferred qualifications:

  • Good knowledge of the local and regional markets.
  • Experience buying in a US Government Approved Purchasing System
  • Working knowledge of Maximo and Costpoint
  • Arabic cultural knowledge


Sallyport is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.


About us:

Sallyport is a global provider of a full spectrum of security and mission support solutions tailored to enable global security and stability operations.  With over 2,500 employees, Sallyport offers a comprehensive range of global protective, security and mission support solutions to US Government, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of private and commercial clients. 

Sallyport's mission is to consistently deliver high quality services with full integrity and focus on performance excellence to every client on every mission.


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