Senior Purchasing Agent

Southland Industries
Laurel, MD
Jul 17, 2017
Aug 07, 2017
Full Time
Southland Industries is a Design Build MEP building systems firm that provides innovative, yet practical engineering, construction, service, building automation, and energy solutions. For almost 65 years, we have been optimizing each stage of the building lifecycle with our in-house expertise and improving how buildings are designed, built, and maintained. We are currently a 700+ million dollar company with ambitious growth plans. It is the function of the Senior Purchasing Agent is to support the Southland's estimating department and construction projects by executing the quoting, procurement, and delivery of specified products and/or services from qualified suppliers and subcontractors within established Company policies and practices. Senior Purchasing Agent will be responsible for determining and making recommendation for the best evaluated solution for Southland with respect to cost, quality, delivery, National Supply Agreement and other similar elements. What You'll Be Doing: The purpose of this role is to acquire services, supplies and goods as required at a competitive price in a time efficient manner. You'll be responsible for the submission of invitations to bid; review, analysis, and purchase of supplies, services, goods and equipment; review of methods of acquisition; and preparation of purchase orders and related documentation. Prepare invitations to bid and requests for proposals for quotations from vendors for products and services; submits to vendors as appropriate. Research market sources and vendors to locate and ensure most cost effective and competitive pricing for the purchase of products and services. Negotiate pricing with vendors as necessary. Consult with proposed/new vendors to discuss company needs, services and products and company approval procedures. Provide direction to less-experienced Purchasing employees. What You'll Need to be Successful: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Purchasing or related field Strong knowledge of construction procurement Strong product knowledge of pipe, valves, and fittings for Plumbing / mechanical systems 5+ years' purchasing experience, with minimum 3 years' in the construction industry - specifically related to HVAC and plumbing products Strong knowledge of purchasing practices and systems Excellent negotiation skills Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and experience with ERP; COINs experience preferred Strong verbal and written communication skills Excellent prioritization and multi-tasking skills Strong attention to detail Excellent ability to analyze and problem solve If you're ready for the next big step in your career and want a fast pace and excitement of a growing company, we want you now. Southland Industries is a people centric company that strives to support career growth and a work life balance. We want you to feel excited about getting up in the morning and coming to work. In return, we'll make sure to provide a fun, supportive and collaborative environment for you to thrive in. Benefits: As an employee-owned company, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes excellent benefits for you and your family: 401(k) Plan with 50% Company Match (no cap) and immediate 100% vesting Annual bonus program based upon performance, profitability, and achievement Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance Term Life, AD&D Insurance, and Voluntary Life Insurance Disability Income Protection Insurance Pre-tax Flexible Spending Plans (Health and Dependent Care) Holidays/Vacation/Personal Time/Life Events Leave Numerous training opportunities and company paid membership for professional associations and licenses For more information on Southland Industries, please visit our web site: or on Facebook or LinkedIn or Twitter To hear what our employees are saying about working at Southland Industries, check out our Career Video - Working at Southland EEOE/AA/Everify participating Employer

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