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Subcontracts Specialist, Indirect



Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024

At Vast, our mission is to contribute to a future where billions of people are living and thriving in space. We are building artificial gravity space stations, allowing long-term stays in space without the adverse effects of zero-gravity. Our initial crewed space habitat will be Haven-1, scheduled to be the world’s first commercial space station when it launches into low earth orbit in August 2025. Our team is all-in, committed to executing our mission safely and on time. If you want to work with the most talented people on Earth furthering space exploration for humanity, come join us.

Vast is looking for a Subcontracts Specialist, Indirect, reporting to the Manager, Global Sourcing, to support the development of the systems that will be required for the design and build of artificial-gravity human-rated space stations. This will be a full-time, exempt position located in our Long Beach location.


  • Develop category specific strategies for Indirect (Capital Equipment and Services) to deliver improved value for money (meets and/or exceeds targets), reduce risk, improve quality and service.
  • Interface with key Vast Customers including Operations, Engineering and and senior leadership to understand the strategic direction, capital requirements and business priorities.
  • Manage the procurement process – RFI/RFQ/RFPs, negotiations, etc. – for all Indirect projects. Scope includes managing supplier planning and execution, coordination, contract preparation, negotiation and execution.
  • Directly manage suppliers for Indirect spend (including equipment, engineering & design, and construction), category through supplier scorecards, quarterly business reviews; measuring contract compliance and other key metrics to ensure targets/ schedules are being met and value is being delivered to the business.
  • Ensure all purchasing activities are conducted in accordance with proper procedures and protocols. Track execution to sourcing and procuring plans for all projects per cost and timeline.
  • Seek alternate and innovative ideas to provide business solutions, challenge requirements and specifications to create competitive advantage.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Business or Engineering discipline.
  • Experience in negotiating contracts and terms and conditions.
  • Experience in generating RFPs and managing delivery schedules.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Experience with subcontracts, purchasing or contracts within an aerospace environment.
  • Negotiation skills with contracts exceeding $1 million with tight deadline requirements.
  • Experience in conducting presentations to senior leadership.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time.
  • Willingness to work evenings and/or weekends to support critical mission milestones.
Salary Range: California
$79,200$101,900 USD
Base salary will vary depending on job-related knowledge, education, skills, experience, business needs, and market demand. Salary is just one component of our comprehensive compensation package. Full-time employees also receive company equity, as well as access to a full suite of compelling benefits and perks, including: 100% medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and dependents, flexible paid time off for exempt staff and up to 15 days of vacation for non-exempt staff, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, free catered meals and snacks and beverages, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, One Medical membership, ClassPass credits, personalized mental healthcare through Spring Health, and other discounts and perks.


The person hired will have access to information and items subject to U.S. export controls, and therefore, must either be a “U.S. person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.62 or otherwise eligible for deemed export licensing. This status includes U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents (green card holders), and asylees and refugees with such status granted, not pending.


Vast is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Vast is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.