UIC Alaska

Proposal Specialist

Position Type
Location : Location
Minimum Clearance Required
Travel Requirement




Bowhead seeks a Proposal Specialist to join our team in Plano, TX as part of the Manufacturing and Products Group. The Proposal Specialist plays a key role in our proposal efforts as they are responsible for ensuring all Request for Quotes (RFQ’s) are complete, accurate and competitive. Additionally, the Proposal Specialist will be responsible for identifying sources to support new business and production requirements by conducting commodity surveys, interviews and/or supplier facility surveys to meet sourcing initiatives. The Proposal Specialist will ensure the effectiveness of the current supplier base as well as source for new business opportunities. The Proposal Specialist must also manage the ERP signals to ensure a steady flow of materials needed to keep the manufacturing line operating. 


  • Receiving, reviewing and clarifying Engineering Bill of Materials obtained from Engineers to ensure the requirements are correct and complete prior to sending to vendors
  • Following the SOP’s, will request RFQ’s from current and newly sourced vendors and act as the primary POC with vendors answering questions, requesting changes and resolving problems with quotes as well as material deliveries to meet production schedules 
  • Developing, writing and implementing annual Procurement Plans to support operational requirements
  • Determining and developing the best sources of supply from knowledge of supplier products, performance, and capabilities
  • Developing and enhancing relationships with strategic supplier/partners; supporting the initial qualification and then fostering a positive and mutually beneficial relationship with suppliers and their management 
  • Selecting suppliers and obtaining pricing quotes for various quantities, tooling, NRE costs and lead times, and creating costed Bill of Material reports for bids and proposals 
  • Driving, tracking and presenting key sourcing metrics (Price, Quality, Logistics, Innovation and Risk) 
  • Executing a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) approach to all procurement activities
  • Supporting supplier base reduction and simplification strategies 
  • Supporting the material planning for production by acting on order releases action and exception messages from the company ERP system 
  • Ordering floor stock with shelf life material for production 
  • Interfacing with manufacturing personnel, the purchasing department and supervisors on material status and production planning issues 
  • Other duties as assigned Qualified candidates must:
  • Understand product specifications in order to better communicate with suppliers 
  • Possess good project management, organizational, collaborative and communication skills
  • Be skilled in the area of Supplier Management, such as contract management, and any sourcing process management experience is highly desired 
  • Have the ability to interpret technical drawings 
  • Any supplier development knowledge is a plus, (e.g., 6 sigma, PPAP, APQP, etc.).


  • A BA/S in any field is preferred, however a Technical field is desired
  • Must have two to five (2 – 5) years’ of experience 
  • Knowledgeable on FAR/DFAR regulations for goods and services preferred
  • Intermediate to advanced level skills in Microsoft Office software suite - Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of employees and outside contacts 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and good judgment with the ability to work alone or as part of a team

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds 
  • Must be able to stand and walk for prolonged amounts of time
  • Must be able to twist, bend and squat periodically

CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS: There are currently no Security Clearance requirements for this position. Due to the location of this work, US Citizenship is required. Qualified candidates must be able to obtain a DoD Security clearance at the Secret level and possess a valid driving license and clean driving record. Bowhead reserves the right to change this requirement if necessitated by business needs or contractual obligations. 


In accordance with Executive Order 14042: Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, candidates should be aware that they may be required to have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire.




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