Assistant Vice President, Acquisition Policy


The Assistant Vice President for Acquisition Policy ( hereinafter, “AVP – Acquisition Policy”)  supports the Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy on all matters relating to DOD acquisition and represents AIA on these and related issues to the membership, executive branch agencies, legislative offices, and other stakeholders.  The incumbent may be called upon periodically to serve as the acting Vice President, National Security & Acquisition. 

The incumbent works with and seeks input from member companies, councils, and committees, and is responsible for monitoring, analyzing, recommending, and advocating policies on:  reforming the defense acquisition system, federal government regulations, and DOD policies that impact the defense industry.  The incumbent will also be responsible for advocacy for the strength and future health of the defense industrial base and the supplier management base that is critical to the industry. 

Nature and Scope of Work:

This position reports directly to the Vice President, National Security and Acquisition, and interacts periodically with member CEOs and senior company representatives in the membership. 

The incumbent maintains regular contact with government officials and representatives from a variety of cabinet and related departments including but not limited to the Departments of Defense (primarily the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics and the Service Acquisition offices) and other cabinet agencies and related offices.   Periodically, the AVP – Acquisition Policy may accompany the Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy, other senior staff from AIA, including the President and CEO of AIA, to: meet with members of Congress and staff, and prepare or provide testimony on authorized association positions before Congress and others; meet with senior Administration officials; and meet with senior member company representatives.   

As AIA’s lead for acquisition policy issues, the incumbent serves as an expert and central resource for AIA and responds to inquiries from member companies, government officials (civilian and military), the public, and the press seeking information and background data.  These inquiries range from general questions to highly technical requests requiring significant effort to assemble data and background information. 

The incumbent will be called upon frequently to present industry’s views orally and in writing to government and industry officials and to the media, and to represent the association in coalitions that are formed to present a unified approach on acquisition policy issues of mutual interest.  The AVP – Acquisition Policy is also expected to represent AIA positions as a spokesperson at conferences and seminars.  The incumbent will contribute articles and news items to AIA publications, highlighting issues and developments falling within the sub-division’s domain, and prepare white papers and summaries of such issues for use during AIA or outside meetings.

The AVP for Acquisition Policy has responsibility for supporting, coordinating and otherwise assisting with activities of a variety of AIA sponsored councils, committees and working groups, including, but not limited to:

Procurement and Finance Council; Supplier Management Council; National Security Policy Council; Washington Procurement Committee, Intellectual Property Committee, Commercial Items Working Group; Counterfeit Parts Working Group; and the Conflict Minerals Working Group. 

Additional related duties include:

Analyzes significant industry problems and synthesizes the concepts and ideas coming from government contacts and the numerous council, committee and working group activities into cohesive patterns and trends;

provides insights into future aerospace developments to prompt deliberations and actions; 

builds industry consensus among member companies on all topics related to relevant issues and serves as staff liaison to internal and external groups dealing with related issues;  and,

oversees meeting arrangements for periodic council, committee and working group   meetings (including, developing the agenda; assembling background information and materials; arranging for speakers and other participants; site selection and facility; and ensuring that minutes are prepared), and approves expenses associated with all council and committee meetings.

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