Dedicated Buyer

Job Summary
Identify cost reducing opportunities through supplier analysis, development, negotiation, bidding and strategic sourcing development to maximize the value proposition to the Company. Converts plant generated requisitions into purchase orders employing Oracle Purchasing Applications to secure goods and services in a timely manner for assigned plant operations. Focus in Engineering Project sourcing.
Essential Accountabilities
Understanding internal and external customer needs
Review and analyze spending trends by location, category, supplier, etc.
Ability to create strategic sourcing advantages and verbalize justification clearly
Ability to negotiate on various positions for best value proposition
Utilize ERP application to create purchase orders to secure goods and services
Working knowledge of procurement for short and long-term projects and all associated tasks Complies with all environmental, health, safety & training policies, procedures and requirements
Maintains confidentiality in all aspects of client, staff and agency information
Performs other duties as directed
Minimum Qualifications
Education: BS/BA Degree in Business Administration or other relevant fields required
Experience: 3-5 years equivalent experience required; including but not limited to procurement sourcing, raw materials / finished goods / services buying, accounting, contract negotiations, logistics and finance. Experience in purchasing for engineering projects a plus.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Demonstrate excellent customer service techniques
Use clear and complete communication
Develop quality relationships with internal and external customers
Ability to identify potential "value add" opportunities and communicate those opportunities
effectively at all levels of management
The ability to contribute as a team member and occasionally lead team tasks
Analyze information for trends and anomalies using reports and MS Excel
Conduct training for new requisitioners or buyers and refresher training as required
Knowledge of both Plant and Mobile Equipment
Knowledge of basic Accounting principles
Negotiating skills
Good organization, attention to detail
Knowledge of project management techniques and processes
Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, Internet Explorer, and Oracle
Behavioral Expectations
Ownership Mentality: Assumes responsibility and makes decisions within own level of authority.
Self-Motivated: Initiates and takes action before being required to do so. Demonstrates ability to work under minimum supervision. Collaborates with others to address issues.
Strong Work Ethic: Uses time efficiently and ensures job duties, issues and concerns are handled in a timely, appropriate manner.
Integrity: Maintains high ethical standards.
Critical Competencies
Customer Focus: Takes responsibility for customer relationships appropriately represents Vulcan Materials Company in all communications with visitors and internal staff
Communication Skills: Communicates clearly and listens carefully in an open, candid, and consistent manner.
Team Player: Establishes trust with team members, clearly stating expectations and accountabilities of self and others. Recognizes the importance of high group morale and acts to protect or build as necessary.
Problem Prevention/Solving: Able to proactively identify and solve problems and enlist the help of others as necessary.
Vulcan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or genetics, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law from discrimination.

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