Senior Manager 6 - Supply Chain General Procurement

Date: May 2, 2024

Location: Decatur, ALABAMA, US, 35601

Company: United Launch Alliance

Requisition ID: 90

Location: ULA - Decatur 

Relocation: Yes- Relocation may be available 

Travel Requirements: 25% 


At ULA, success comes through the efforts of a strong, united team.


Thanks for your interest in United Launch Alliance, the world's most experienced and reliable space launch company! Successfully launching more than 155 consecutive missions with 100% mission success doesn't happen by accident. It's a testament to the commitment and dedication of our team of rocket scientists and support employees combined with the systems and processes we use to pull them together. As a ULA employee, you'll have the opportunity to grow in your career while working in a team-oriented culture that combines technology, innovation, ingenuity and a commitment to the extraordinary. Whether you are in college just launching your career, or, have experience and want to come work with the best rocket team in the world, our unshakable unity yields stronger solutions and better results as we carry out our mission to save lives, explore the universe, and connect the world. Our team is excited to meet you!

Job Overview & Responsibilities


The General Procurement Leader is responsible for and directs teams in all phases of the supplier lifecycle, including:


  • Market-leading strategic direction.
  •  Requests for proposals, negotiation strategy, purchase order/subcontract definition and award, etc.
  • Risk and opportunity management, including early identification and resolution of issues.
  • Driving collaborative continuous process and product improvement with suppliers.
  • Optimizing transactional procurement efficiencies.
  • Novel intellectual property, payment and termination liability strategies.
  • Is a champion for supplier diversity.
  • Collaborates across the ULA Enterprise to coordinate resource demands.  
  • Builds/leads cohesive teams that are multifunctional and typically include acquisition, engineering, finance, legal counsel, quality assurance, and other members. 
  • Works with other ULA leaders to achieve results.  
  • Translates strategy into actionable objectives and business plans.  
  • Drives program execution.  
  • Implements and tracks achievement of performance measures and utilizes leading indicators to predict performance and guide decision-making.  
  • Looks for opportunities and is actively engaged to improve processes and results. 
  • Strives for excellence in applying Supply Chain fundamentals and best practices.


Required Education



Required Years of Experience

Minimum of 8 years of related work experience


Basic Qualifications

  • At least 8 years applicable experience in Supply Chain and Procurement, plus a minimum of 4 years of direct management or leadership experience in leading significant team objectives or teams of exempt employees.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership, collaboration, project management, problem-solving, change management and influencing skills.
  • Must have demonstrated skills ability in developing, executing, and sustaining a best-in-class supplier chain acquisition strategy.
  • Ability to establish key measures of success and implement accountability and continuous process improvement structures.
  • Experience having led and directed continuous improvement projects to include planning, defining requirements and budget, project controls, and success criteria.
  • Financial and technical acumen.
  • Experience in developing and executing financial forecasts.
  • Superior negotiations skills.
  • People/supplier relationship skills to build effective relationships both internally and externally.
  • Ability to travel approximately 20-30%.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous leadership skills demonstrated, both direct leadership management and significant project objective management.
  • Deep knowledge in a core major subcontract product (ex: liquid engines, boosters, avionics or composites) including development and recurring product strategies.
  • Significant demonstrated negotiations strategy development.
  • Demonstrated understanding of creative contract structures to minimize risk exposure.
  • Demonstrated skills with concisely and effectively presenting at the senior executive level.

What makes ULA different?

Because we understand launch success comes through the collective efforts of a team, we seek the best to join us. We value ethics, ingenuity, diversity and professional development for employees at all levels.


We offer our employees competitive pay and benefits including:

  • 401(k) match plus an additional employer contribution
  • Discretionary annual incentive bonus for eligible employees
  • Generous paid time off
  • Flexible work environments


Additionally, most salaried ULA team members work a "9/80 schedule," meaning they enjoy every other Friday off.


Benefits and work schedules may vary for union-represented hourly positions and are described in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.



Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 22 CFR 120.62 (e.g., U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. See 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).


ULA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law. 


ULA is a participant in the federal E-Verify Program. Posters in PDF format pertaining to this program can be accessed by clicking on the links identified below. E-Verify Participation poster (English / Spanish) and Right to Work Poster (English / Spanish).

Nearest Major Market: Decatur