Director of Strategy & Tactical Sourcing (TAX FREE, Defense Industry)

Job Summary:

The Director of Strategy & Tactical Sourcing will lead the strategic sourcing efforts for operational requirements and engineering/projects within the defense industry. This role encompasses executing long-term contracts for all commodities, overseeing various procurement heads, and ensuring adherence to regulatory compliance and safety standards. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional leadership skills, strategic thinking capabilities, and a deep understanding of procurement processes in a defense context.

Key Responsibilities:

Leadership and Team Management:

  • Provide leadership, direction, and mentorship to a team of procurement professionals.
  • Foster a collaborative and high-performance culture within the procurement department.


Artificial Intelligence Strategy and Planning:

  • Develop and implement AI-driven strategies to optimize sourcing processes and enhance decision-making.


Process Optimization:

  • Identify opportunities for process improvement and implement initiatives to streamline sourcing processes.


Quality Assurance and Control:

  • Ensure that all procured materials and services meet quality standards and specifications.


Supplier and Vendor Management:

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with suppliers and vendors.
  • Evaluate supplier performance and implement strategies to mitigate risks.


Regulatory Compliance and Safety:

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and safety standards in the defense industry.


Continuous Improvement Initiatives:

  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in sourcing operations.


Budgeting and Cost Control:

  • Develop and manage budgets for sourcing activities.
  • Implement cost-saving strategies without compromising quality or performance.


Documentation and Reporting:

  • Oversee the documentation and reporting processes related to sourcing activities.
  • Provide regular updates and reports to senior management regarding procurement performance and key metrics.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Proven experience in strategic sourcing and procurement, preferably in the defense industry.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills.
  • Proficiency in leveraging artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies for sourcing optimization.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • In-depth knowledge of regulatory requirements and safety standards in the defense industry eg ITAR
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Certification in procurement (e.g., CSCP, CPSM) is a plus.


This position offers a unique opportunity to drive strategic sourcing initiatives and contribute to the success of our defense operations. If you are a strategic thinker with a passion for procurement excellence, we encourage you to apply.

Note: This job description is intended to provide essential information about the position’s scope and is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities. The company reserves the right to modify responsibilities to align with business needs.

*NB: All applicants CVS will be reviewed and should your skillset match our client’s requirements, we will contact you via email / mobile. We are also happy to consider you for other open opportunities within Firstaff. If however, you object to us holding your data on file, please acknowledge via email by return.*


Paul Dooley

Managing Director

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