PROCUREMENT SPECIALIST in Des Plaines, IL at Parsons

Date Posted: 11/7/2019

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Job Description

T4 Program Summary: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded the Technical Support Services Contract 4 (T4) to Parsons as the prime contractor. This $1.3 billion+ contract has a 4-year base period with two 3-year options. The statement of work includes a variety of activities that support the FAA’s Capital Investment Plan (CIP) modernization efforts: Site selection and engineering, construction, environmental and fire/life safety, equipment installation and testing, CAD, and other technical services as required. Work is performed across the nation in each of the FAA’s nine regions as well as the Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey and in several U.S. territories. An average staff of 400-500 with a peak staff over 650 supports this contract, in addition to those subcontractors who perform construction work.

Parsons is now hiring a Procurement Specialist to join our expanding team! Parsons extensive experience combined with your procurement skills will propel your career forward. We need our Specialists at this level to collaborate with technical teams to source materials and equipment nationwide. In this role you will participate in a variety of procurement functions to ensure quality, efficiency, and timeliness of services provided to clients and project personnel. You may provide purchasing support, develop bidders lists for large procurement actions, and assist with vendor management and document control.


  • Contacts suppliers to ensure equipment and materials are delivered to job sites in support of construction schedules.
  • Follows up on assigned purchase orders to ensure adherence to terms and conditions.
  • Initiates action, as required, to resolve any supplier problems which might adversely affect project requirements and construction schedules.
  • Collaborates with Sr. Procurement Specialist or Sr. Subcontract Administrators in the pre-award solicitation process. Prepares bidders lists, issues Request for Quotations, receives and analyzes bids, prepares bid analysis summaries, and may make recommendations for purchase order awards.
  • May prepare and award Purchase Orders, as required.
  • Assists in post award activities such as obtaining final vendor data and invoices from suppliers, inputting data into Sharepoint for supplier performance evaluations, and preparing for closeout of all records.
  • Serves as primary contact for purchasing support to project management, engineering, and other nonprocurement disciplines within an assigned region.
  • May analyze draft material requisitions, including reviewing for completeness and accuracy, suggesting possible revisions, and forwarding to project engineering for further processing.
  • Ensures appropriate logging of action taken.
  • Monitors bid requests, bid analyses, and the preparation of purchase orders to ensure timely action.
  • Maintains purchase order records, including history of follow up contacts with suppliers.
  • Oversees the maintenance of vendor performance records, coordinating with other Procurement Representatives nationwide.
  • Oversees the maintenance of purchase order records, including history of follow up contacts with suppliers.
  • May provide arrangements for the safe, most economical delivery of materials and equipment by selecting the best available transportation modes, carriers, rates, and routing.
  • Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate.  


  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (or related field) preferred
  • 3+ years of related work experience is required
  • Procurement experience with a major engineering and construction firm or industrial supplier, good written and oral communication skills, and a proficiency in Microsoft Office and Microsoft Sharepoint is preferred
  • Working knowledge of vendor data control, expediting, and other purchasing activities is required.  
  • Must be able to meet customer security requirements.  A background check by Federal Authorities will be performed.


Ready for action? We’re looking for the kind of people who see this opportunity and don’t hesitate to act. Parsons is a leader in the world of Technical Services and Engineering. We hire people with a broad set of technical skills who have proven experience tackling some of the greatest challenges. Take your next step and apply today.