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Senior Buyer

Durham, NC


PowerSecure is seeking a Sr. Buyer that will be responsible for supporting the development, implementation, and management of strategies to provide optimal supply assurance, pricing, flexibility, quality and delivery performance. In this role as the Sr. buyer, you will procure materials needed for our projects. In addition, you will manage relationships with suppliers, vendors, internal operations/manufacturing, project management, and logistics staff. Will support EPC/ DI buying. This position will be Onsite.

Qualification Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to achieve each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Preferably 5+ years’ experience in related role including manufacturing experience and ordering commodities.

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • Extremely proficient in measuring data related to Supplier Performance.

  • Strong understanding of terms, supply strategy, KanBan, VMI, Safety Stock etc.

  • Individual must be an organized, open-minded & motivated self-starter.

  • Expert communication skills to support pleasant interactions with Suppliers and a multi-layered workforce.

  • Ability to report findings and KPI’s to Purchasing Manager/ Director of Supply chain.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be proficient in MS Excel.

  • Ability to develop a technical, statistical and fundamental assessment for each commodity.

    Supervisory Responsibilities:

None. This position will not manage people, rather materials.

Essential Functions:

Manage value and mitigate risk for commodities (i.e. copper, gold, oil and off-the-shelf stock items) while running an effective sourcing campaign. Use a systematic and analytical approach to measure the usage cycle for any specific group of items (EAU). Initial Benchmarks: Reduce stockouts, increase blanket orders with scheduled JIT deliveries at lower negotiated prices. Review how the company buys and the patterns of purchasing commodities, then ascertain the market forces that apply to the commodity. Liaise with suppliers to ensure that the supply chain is as stable as possible, so that there is no risk of the supply chain breaking down. Track and report KPI’s to Director of Purchasing: Inventory $’s On Hand vs On Order/Incoming PO’s, PPV, Meet Comp Wins/Losses, Inbound Freight Analysis etc.

  • Create and prepare purchase orders on any given day, solicit bid proposals and reviews requisitions for construction goods and services, including inventory by using FileMaker software.

  • Manage relationships with suppliers to maintain quality of goods, timely delivery and compliance to terms of contracts. Research and evaluate suppliers based on safety, price, quality, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, and the supplier's reputation and history.

  • Negotiate, or renegotiate, and administer contracts with suppliers, vendors, and other representatives.

  • Review order acknowledgements for accuracy, track shipment delivery dates, and follow up on undelivered goods.

  • Work closely with internal clients (Operations, Project Administrator, Project Management, Logistics) and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action.

  • Monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes.

  • Resolves disputes with vendor on contract interpretation.

  • Support inventories.

  • Monitor changes affecting supply and demand, tracking market conditions, price trends, or futures markets.

  • Support and enforce Corrective Action process and issue CARs where necessary to support process improvement.

  • All other duties as assigned.

    Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to work in an office environment with a lot of sitting

  • Must be able to tolerate a full day of computer screen viewing

  • Some walking will be required to browse production on the shop floor

    Work Environment:

  • Professional office environment

  • Some walking will be required to browse production on the shop floor

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the position. All employees may have other duties assigned at any time.

About Us:PowerSecure, a Southern Company subsidiary, is a leading provider of innovative energy solutions to electric utilities and their industrial, institutional, and commercial customers.

We invest in high-value and cost-effective benefits for our employees. Our benefits package includes:

• Medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage• Competitive pay and a matching 401 (k) plan• Vacation, Company Holidays, Paid Time Off (PTO- personal and sick days)• Flexible spending accounts/Health savings account• Wellness Incentive Programs• Employee Referral Program• Tuition Reimbursement

PowerSecure is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. This position is not open to third party recruiters.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)Operating Company: PowerSecure


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