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Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is seeking professionals for an exciting opportunity as a Purchasing Assistant with our IT Department which provides tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 level support to several divisions within ARA. Our team is also responsible for local IT support of approximately 500 users including software developers and engineers, in addition to providing secure computing support directly to government contracts.Our IT support staff are valued members of the team tasked with work that is critical to the success of our projects.
The successful applicant will performs various routine purchasing duties such as checking deliveries of material ordered and coordinating return of incorrect material. May work with pricing agent to develop and obtain prices and tracking of shipments. Maintains records and files pertinent to purchasing information. Ensures thorough and comprehensive file documentation of purchase orders to provide an audit trail of transactions. May compile, record, and track pertinent purchasing data on computer. Other day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Completing accounting paperwork for purchases
  • Data entry (e.g., purchase orders, inventory)
  • Assist with labeling equipment for inventory
  • Contacting vendors for quotes, establishing terms, obtaining vendor accounting information
  • Processing incoming shipments
  • Navigate JIRA Service Desk (our ticketing system)

Purchasing Assistant Required Skills & Experience:
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • 1 – 2 years related experience
  • Strong oral & written communication skills
  • Excel as a team player and strive to maximize team & department performance

Purchasing Assistant Position Preferences:
  • Associate’s degree; 3.0 GPA or better
  • Self-directed, detail oriented, problem solver

About Us:
Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1,500 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

While this is all of the Year One and Beyond stuff, Day One is highly impressive too. These are things like our competitive salary (DOE), Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), benefits package, relocation opportunities, and a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels.

ARA is passionate about inclusion and diversity in our workplace. In 2018 40% of our new employees voluntarily self-identified as protected veterans. (Source-AAP EOY 2018 Veterans Data Collection Report). Additionally, the Southeast Division looks not only for the right skills, but also for a cultural fit. We seek colleagues who will contribute to the unique culture that makes ARA such a great place to work. Some of the social impact aspects we have implemented at our division include monthly get-togethers, team outings to local baseball games in the summer, board game lunches, holiday party, corn hole tournaments, chili cook-offs and so on. We are also very proud of our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women in order to maximize career and professional accomplishments. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please apply at