Procurement Manager & Subcontract Administrator

  • TerraPower
  • Bellevue, WA, USA
Full Time Engineering Government Operations Program Management Procurement

Job Description

TerraPower® is a nuclear energy technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At our core, we are working to raise living standards globally. The essential factor? Energy. In 2006, Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries decided that the private sector needed to take action. They believed that business interests could develop a scalable, sustainable, low-carbon and cost-competitive energy source that would allow all nations to quicken their pace of economic development and reduce poverty. TerraPower’s goal is to provide the world with a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy. 

TerraPower, LLC was established to bring together the strengths and experience of the world’s public and private nuclear energy sectors to develop a new generation of nuclear reactors that would responsibly meet growing energy needs around the globe.  Its approach addresses the traditional shortcomings of nuclear power, in terms of safety, cost effectiveness, environmental soundness, and resistance to weapons proliferation. 

TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development, and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape.  TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans. 

Procurement Manager & Subcontract Administrator 

The Procurement Manager performs duties focused on managing the Procurement Group, including staff and work scope, providing subcontracts administration, buyer and purchasing agent activities, including managing construction management and subcontracts.  This role contributes to enhancing the success of projects by limiting the overall risks and liability associated with supplier negotiations and subcontract administration, subcontract sourcing, pricing, evaluating, negotiating and obtaining materials, equipment and/or construction services.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence and flexibility with confidence, and an ability to interface with suppliers, consultants, contractors, management and co-workers in a professional, and proactive manner. The Procurement Manager collaborates with the larger Contracts & Supply Management team to integrate client contracts into implementing subcontracts and agreements .   


  • Provide leadership in accordance with the Guiding Principles for Procurement and staff.
  • Lead Procurement in management and execution of related processes on behalf of the Company
  • Implement industry-based processes (policies, procedures, etc.) to effectively align work.
  • Manage subcontract activities with a focus on performance, change control, quality, cost and schedule management
  • Ensure procurement activities fully comply with prime contract requirements, including government related contracts and grants.
  • Lead Procurement to source purchases and to select Suppliers competitively, including bidding activities such as Requests for Proposals (RFP), Request for Quotes (RFQ) and Express of Interests (EOI)
  • Negotiate pricing and delivery/shipping terms with subcontrractors as needed.
  • Issue Purchase Orders and change orders or other forms of Procurement Orders to subcontractors; monitoring and expediting orders
  • Manage Procurement to approve payment for purchases by reviewing and approving invoices, forwarding receiving documentation to support payment
  • Maintain complete and accurate purchasing files and records
  • Generate reports from procurement systems to support management decision making
  • Gather and report metrics to assess effectiveness of operations; assist in implementing organizational improvements
  • Function as the subcontract administrator in the management of select subcontract(s).
  • Ensure proper management of applicable formal change process when related to procurement actions.
  • Assist in resolution of subcontract interpretations, involving the technical representative (TR) or supplier project engineer (SPE).
  • Notification to management of deficiencies or actions applicable to either TerraPower or the subcontractor, which might jeopardize the subcontractor’s performance.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Fifteen years’ experience related to providing, managing and/or supporting Procurement function.
  • Ten-years experience with direct government related contracts and/or grant procurement.
  • Applicable degree and/or certification preferred; equivalent training and/or experience may be considered in lieu of degree or certification.
  • Experience with engineered equipment or component procurements, design/build/deliver, construction under quality assurance requirements
  • Nuclear or related experience is preferred
  • Technical and/or subject area background, is preferred, and can be experience based.
  • History of implementing successful interface procurement strategies.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork.

Job Functions 

Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position.  These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation.  Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations.  An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

  • Motor Abilities: Sitting for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 25 pounds
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs/day
  • Travel required  0-5%

TerraPower’s technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government.  TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements.  To facilitate TerraPower’s export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.  Government export authorization approval times vary.  Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.