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Blattner Energy.

Senior Buyer

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Work type: Full-time
Location: *Avon, MN - Corporate Office/Blattner Company
Categories: Corporate Office

Reports to: Category Manager

Benefit Classification: Salary, Exempt

 Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Finance or related field; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.  APICS or other certifications such as CPP, CSCP, CPIM or CPPM preferred.

Experience:  7+ Years of experience in purchasing, planning or related Supply Chain function required.

Position Summary:  Manages the end to end purchasing cycle of key materials and/or equipment- including planning & executing purchase orders, determining transport for these orders on/off the job site, executing lease agreements, expediting materials/equipment and resolving quality and invoice issues.  Ensures equipment & materials land at the lowest total cost consistent with considerations of quality, reliability of source, and urgency of need. Partners with Sourcing team to build and leverage category strategies and manages supplier performance. Responsible for the tactical purchasing activities of assigned categories while establishing and maintaining excellent vendor/customer relationships. Drives purchasing best in class practices across the team, within the company and into the supply base.


Essential Job Functions:

  1. Plans, generates, adjusts and expedites purchase orders based upon field requisitions, project insights, interpretation of drawing take-offs, BOMs/BOEs and inventory strategies.
  2. Tracks and monitors purchase orders, keeping informed of any problems or delays and communicates any impacts or constraints to the Planner and Project Manager.
  3. Maintains day to day communication with suppliers to ensure on-time delivery, system data integrity, and ordering parameters for individual materials.
  4. Works with SQE to resolve systemic supplier quality issues. Addresses vendors/suppliers on discrepancies with quantity, quality and deliveries – supporting possible warranty and relationship issues.
  5. Applies continuous improvement techniques and methods to internal process and systems as well as develops, coordinates and implements improvement initiatives with key suppliers.
  6. Controls assets of suppliers, disposing of obsolete assets and monitoring the age of others.
  7. Analyzes and maintains data in the system(s) including cost, lot sizes, reorder points, lead-times, safety stock, and item classes to ensure accuracy of data.
  8. Recommends actions by analyzing and interpreting data and making comparative analyses. Creates rules for inventory and replenishment plans that meet supply service levels based off analyses.
  9. Identifies material/equipment at risk and makes recommendations for expedited supply, change in supplier, or transportation alternatives to reconcile supply gap.
  10. Leads development, documentation, training and implementation of new system and process enhancements, performance standards, KPIs, reports and analytics.
  11. Reviews, audits and supports purchasing parameters used across categories.
  12. Collaborates across the organization, recommending improvements and resolving issues with material and equipment needs.
  13. Partners with Sourcing team to drive improvements in strategy and the pipeline of savings opportunities by utilizing a deep understanding of the commodities they support.
  14. Communicates supplier changes regarding pricing and availability affecting high impact materials to supply chain management.

Additional Job Functions

  1. Identifies opportunities for streamlining work and reducing waste in order to improve efficiency.
  2. Perform additional assignments per supervisor’s direction.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Uses innovative sourcing solutions to continuously improve the value, quality and service received within the assigned spend areas.  Understands the strategy to comply with the terms and condition associate with each supplier.
  • Strong knowledge of MRP/ERP systems, particularly in purchasing, supply planning and contracts.
  • Leadership ability with superior analytical tools, exceptional presentation, oral and written communication skills; can effectively interact with all levels of management.  Can see the big picture while still paying attention to detail.
  • Must have a deep understanding of supply/commodity markets as well as the ability to read and interpret complex business and/or technical documents.
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, planning, organizational and prioritization skills with a high commitment to meeting schedules. Ability to manage multiple projects at a time.
  • Strategic, analytical, organizational and negotiating skills with the ability to engage others as necessary to quickly synthesize, distill and draw conclusions on large amounts of disparate data.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and the ability to maintain an acceptable driving record in order to travel as needed.  Travel estimated 25%.

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