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Lead Buyer

Requisition ID:  257348

Requisition Posting End Date: 


Role Overview:

Performs tasks involved in the formation and administration of blanket agreement, rental agreements and purchase orders. Communicates with suppliers and personnel within Bechtel to establish clear definition of requirements, and to assure performance to purchase order terms and conditions. Prepares bidder pre-qualification, bidder lists, bid solicitation, bid analysis, makes commitments and administers purchase orders. Develops and monitors project workhour estimates and prepares purchasing master pro-forma documents. Participates in the planning, staffing, training and development of Purchasing personnel. Distributes workload to assigned staff and monitors output and document quality.


Essential Job Duties:

  • Forms and issues purchase orders in high volume by performing the following:
    • Prepares bidders’ lists
    • Prequalifies bidders
    • Forms bid packages
    • Issues bid requests
    • Coordinates bidders’ questions
    • Receives bids
    • Prepares Commercial Bid Summary
    • Recommends and secures approvals in accordance with established procedures
    • Prepares and commits order
    • Prepares and maintains control and status reporting documents
    • Ensures close out of all BPO’s, Rental Agreements and PO’s in a timely manner
    • Supervises staff buyers by providing guidance and direction
    • Monitors FMR turn BEA cycle
  • Administers assigned purchase orders, performing the following functions:
    • Establishes files and controls for all outgoing and incoming correspondence on each assigned order
    • Monitors supplier performance for conformance to commercial terms
    • Monitors activities by the Requestor and other in-house functions to ensure compliance with the order terms
    • Initiates follow-up actions with the supplier or in-house functional group to ensure performance in accordance with contract terms and conditions
    • Informs or works with other project procurement personnel as assigned to the administration of the order
    • Analyzes and distributes those suppliers’ reports specified in the order/contract
    • Expedites and facilitates delivery of field orders as required
  • Communicates with suppliers as necessary to achieve the required service and results from potential and actual suppliers to meet project needs
  • Communicates with the Requestor to assist and/or guide them in the preparation of material requisitions for the procurement of materials and equipment and to achieve the understanding needed to process these requisitions
  • Supervises, reviews, and trains assigned personnel in above activities
  • Communicates with Engineering and Construction supervision to assist, guide, and plan the processing of material requisitions for all field purchases


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Finance, Engineering, Cost Management or Cost Engineering along with 6-9 years of relevant experience, or in lieu of Bachelor’s degree, 10-15 years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of business administration procedures, techniques, and business ethics.
  • Skilled in oral and written communication.
  • Proficiency and experience in the formation and administration of purchase orders.
  • Skill in communicating effectively with suppliers. Understanding of applicable commercial legislation governing the buying and selling of goods and services.
  • Ability to work with other project functional groups, primarily Engineering, Project Controls, Construction, Supplier Quality, Expediting, Traffic & Logistics and other services.
  • Proficiency and experience in the formation and administration of purchase orders through the several steps of bidder prequalification, compilation of bid requests, receipt of bids, bid evaluation, award, monitoring the performance of suppliers and buyers, backcharge procedures, resolution of claims and disputes, and other such related steps.
  • Ability and willingness to adopt and learn new digital tools for purchasing.
  • Ability to manage and resource direct personnel to optimize execution.


Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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