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Sr. Corporate Buyer

Lombard, IL
The Sr. Corporate Buyer is responsible for the procurement of construction materials, equipment and/or services in support of international projects and corporate objectives.  Candidates must have a minimum of seven to ten years of solid Procurement experience preferably in the construction industry. Work hours are 8-5 pm (or agreed upon time w/Director) – work from home on Fridays.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Source and select vendors that ensure quality, price, delivery and service at a price that maximizes company profit margins while maintaining the highest code of ethics and conduct
  • Manage supplier performance in accordance with purchase order terms through delivery, acceptance, payment and closeout.
  • Prepare Request for Quotations/Invitations to Bid (RFQs/ITBs) bid packages based on commodity assignment.  Most RFQ packets will require Specifications and/or Drawings relative to the RFQ.
  • Obtain solicitations/bids from a minimum of three sources of supply (unless it’s a sole source of supply, i.e. OEM).  There will be times when material is sole sourced.  At that time, a Sole Source Justification must accompany the MR.
  • Follow-up on all RFQ packets and/or all bidders to ensure bids are received in a timely fashion (per required timeline).
  • Receive and review bid packages with Director of Procurement/Logistics so as to ensure bids are complete.
  • Communicate w/Project Management and Project Site team Work Package Managers (WPMs) so as to ensure accurate materials are procured per specifications/requirements.
  • Work closely w/WPM to ensure best possible source of supply is chosen, i.e. not only on price, but also on lead time/availability and customer service.
  • Communicate with all bidders for BAFOs and/or cost reduction (when applicable)
  • Make final vendor recommendations to Project Team.
  • Procure materials that are agreed upon with the Project Team.
  • Enter purchase orders in Purchase Order system (ViewPoint) and log Purchase Orders into Material Tracking Report.
  • Send award/release Purchase Orders to Vendor(s); follow up with awardee to ensure Order Acknowledgement is sent.
  • Communicate release of Purchase Order to project site team.
  • Monitor and update Purchase Orders and pricing (as required).
  • Assist Logistics Specialist in expediting material (as required).
  • Review and make Project Site aware of substitutions and/or sources (when applicable).
  • Attend daily Procurement/Logistics meetings and other meetings (as requested).
  • Perform daily quality control (QC) checks on purchase orders and/or reports for other team members (as needed).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Education and Skills
  • Minimum Associate’s Degree in related field is a MUST (Business Administration preferred)
  • Must have a minimum of five years of solid Procurement experience preferably in the construction industry
  • Must have a good understanding of procurement techniques/requirements
  • Must have the ability to learn Procurement/Logistics policies and procedures (and ability to follow same)
  • Must have strong negotiation skills
  • Must have strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Must have strong analytical skills
  • Must be well organized, detail-oriented and highly motivated
  • Must be able to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Must have the ability to analyze financial data
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; especially in Excel
  • Must have impeccable customer service skills.  In our area of business; we treat everyone as a customer
  • Mus be able to evaluate and use relevant information along with individual judgment to suggest ways to improve work processes (Process Improvement)

Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Must be a team player and look at challenges as opportunities for new knowledge and growth
  • Must be able to secure and maintain a security clearance at the required level

Our demands are high, as are the rewards; we offer an excellent benefits package, including Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Short and Long-Term Disability, Life Insurance, salary and vacation commensurate with experience and personal time off as well as matching 401k.   We offer career development/opportunity should you desire to progress w/our growing organization.  Please include your salary history (requirements), along with your resume, references and cover letter to asolis@pernixgroup.com 

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