This position is responsible for daily purchasing activities including the creation of purchase orders from shopping carts, creating material movement transactions, handling exceptions identified by Accounts Payable, making changes to PO's and creating various contracts in SAP. The Strategic Buyer will utilize SAP (SRM and R/3). The Strategic Buyer will work directly with the end users and will be in direct contact with suppliers. This position will also participate directly in cost reduction activities and contract negotiations. By design, these purchasing activities will cross organizational boundaries. This position will report to the Director/Manager of Purchasing.
Receive Shopping Carts from end users and determine sourcing.
Create Purchase Orders and Contracts in SAP (SRM and R/3).
Send out Bid Invitations as required.
Create new Catalogs in SAP.
Set up and manage Consignment Inventories.
Set up Supplier Self Service Agreements in SAP.
Set up Service Masters and Material Masters in SAP.
Receive notice of exceptions from Accounts Payable and work directly with end users and suppliers to resolve.
Improve the value of goods and services purchased through supplier selection, volume discounts, value engineering and negotiations. Reduce delivered costs of goods through management of freight costs.
Use search capabilities of SAP and input from Utility Buyers to help identify potential suppliers.
Establish positive relationships between end users and suppliers.
When required by OP4, ensure that acknowledgement copies of PO's are obtained and properly filed.
Assure that the insurance and other requirements of the vendors are complete and up to date.
Assist end users with expediting delivery of goods by obtaining accurate promise dates and following up with the vendors.
Minimum Education & Experience Requirements
Bachelor's degree from an accredited four year college or university in Supply Chain, Business, Accounting, Finance, or a closely related major field of study.
Minimum 5 years experience in purchasing, accounting or other relevant area.
Experience in the implementation and use of an automated Enterprise Business System is desired.
Strong preference will be given to candidates with oil and gas experience, specifically in the Midstream sector.
Experience purchasing equipment and negotiating contracts for pipeline and compressor station projects would be a major plus.
Experience with SAP would be considered a plus.
Negotiation and problem solving skills.
Experience in preparing analyses and reports.
Excellent/effective interpersonal, team skills.
Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks.
Ability to function within a matrix organization in which functional and business leaders have equal authority within the organization and employees report to both a functional leader and a business leader.