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American Water Buyer (PHS) in Naperville, Illinois

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit www.amwater.com.

  • Primary Role:* The purpose of this position is to source, dispatch, create and expedite orders for any type of services or good from approved suppliers at the best possible cost, while meeting company’s policies and guidelines as well as requirements of quality, reliability of source and urgency of need as determined by the business unit. The role can also create basic contracts, contract documents, RFI’s, RFP’s, bid evaluations, conduct negotiations and issue contracts and contract documents for materials and services and support the Category Management team with the strategic sourcing. This position is part of a job family that may be filled as either an Associate Buyer, Buyer or Sr. Buyer. Depending on the Buyer level, will require different level competencies.

  • Key Accountabilities:*

  • Functional Expertise:*

  • Select preferred suppliers that provide the most economical while delivering quality standards and specifications of purchased services and goods

  • Source requisitions and dispatch purchase orders according to Company policies and guidelines

  • Create contracts and contract documents as requested according to Company policies and guidelines

  • Resolve any issues that arise by applying knowledge of both departmental and company processes

  • Works on several different processes, tasks, and projects varying in complexity

  • Effectively coach and mentor others with knowledge of departmental and company processes

  • Supports business units with all inquiries and requests for requisitions, purchase orders, contracts, contract documents, standard operating procedures, etc.

  • Business Acumen:*

  • Ensure that Supply Chain policies, procedures and guidelines are adhered to and that all required contracts and contract documents receive appropriate Legal, Risk, Executive and Business review and approval as required

  • Provide resolution to issues and demonstrate ability to make sound and appropriate decisions both independently and working with others

  • Contributes to the development of new processes and enhancing current process to achieve optimal results and efficiencies

  • Ability to prioritize and re-prioritize workload as needed based on department and company goals and direction

  • Key attention detail to provide accurate and thorough work and output

  • Ability to work independently and under different levels of supervision both with direct reporting manager as well as other levels of management across the company

  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a very fast paced and changing environment and handle multiple tasks and projects in parallel

  • Engagement:*

  • Demonstrate consistent behaviors that are within the Company’s policies and culture

  • Collaborates with different areas, departments and individuals on processes, tasks and projects

  • Demonstrate good & consistent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal) effectively

  • Build effective and valued partnerships with both external suppliers and internal customers at all levels

  • Provide training, mentoring and guidance as needed to both internal and external customers

  • As needed and required; provide supervision, coaching and mentoring to assigned personnel

  • Driving Results:*

  • Meet all goals and due dates for sourcing requisitions, creating purchase orders, creating contracts and contract documents

  • Follow up on open items and any issues, timely and consistently to ensure accuracy and closure

  • Maintain day to day workload promptly and efficiently and demonstrates the ability to incorporate tasks and projects as needed

  • Ability to push projects forward to completion

  • Demonstrates a sense of urgency for solving problems and gets the work done in the most efficient manner

  • Knowledge/Skills:*

  • Required: MS Office Proficient

  • Preferred: MS Office Advanced with focus on MS Excel, Oracle EBS Purchasing and Inventory* *

  • Education/Experience:*

  • Required: High School Diploma to Bachelor’s Degree OR equivalent work experience

  • Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree, Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP), Certified Professional Supply Management (CPSM)

  • Required: Minimum 1 year related experience in Purchasing or related Purchasing Category

  • Preferred: 3+ years Purchasing/Buyer experience

  • Work Environment:*

  • May require lifting 30LBS or more

  • May require some travel both locally and U.S. travels.

  • Join American Water...We Keep Life Flowing*™

  • American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants* based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

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