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Senior Purchasing Specialist

Requisition ID:  257949

Requisition Posting End Date: 08/09/2022

Position Overview:

Bechtel is looking for talented professionals interested in delivering work that will build a cleaner, greener, and brighter future for everyone. We execute projects that create access and opportunity, build a path to net zero, protect people and the planet, and accelerate progress. Our customers are taking on diverse, transformative challenges that will enable current and future generations to thrive. To meet their needs, we need an equally diverse team committed to driving innovation and creating a lasting positive legacy. Join us on this journey towards building a better world. #WeAreBechtel, and we are shaping tomorrow together.


Position Summary:

Performs duties including bidder prequalification, bidder lists, bid solicitation, bid analysis, negotiation and commitment of purchase orders. Performs administration of purchase orders following commitments involving high monetary expenditure or risk, engineered technical specifications, or supplementary commercial conditions.


Job Dimensions:

A.    Supervision Received

  • Reports to and receives operational direction from the Project Purchasing Supervisor.
  • Receives functional guidance from the global business unit Supply Chain Operations Manager.

B.    Contacts

  • Maintains working relationships with project Procurement personnel and project discipline personnel to perform assigned duties.
  • Maintains working relationships with those bidders and suppliers involved with the performance of assigned tasks.
  • Maintains contacts with global business unit personnel, including functional supervisors, to maintain an awareness of the performance and operating problems of contractors on other Bechtel jobs, and to coordinate the development of problem resolutions, of claims settlements, and other contractual matters.



  • Performs tasks involved in the formation and administration of 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-qualifications, bidder lists, bid solicitations, bid analysis, award recommendations and commitments, including aspects of purchase order administration.
  • Leads negotiations with suppliers for complex purchases, including development of negotiation strategies, negotiation of pricing and schedule, and resolution of Terms & Conditions in coordination with Project and Legal.
  • Understands and executes work in accordance with the project sourcing strategy, compliance to the Project’s Approved Suppliers List, project financing considerations, and respective tariff and quota risk.
  • Accountable to ensure appropriate approval authorities are obtained prior to executing commitments.
  • Accountable to the project schedule to include planning and executing own work during the pre-award phase of purchase orders and post award administration of procurements.
  • Responsible for assigned orders from development through closure, to include engagement with Engineering on purchase requisition development, the acquisition and delivery of purchases, and order closeout; to include supporting management of backcharges and claims.
  • Prepares and organizes assigned Procurement-sponsored meetings, such as bid clarification and post-award meetings, for ensuring complete understanding and agreement between Bechtel, the customer and supplier on all purchase order matters for assigned packages. After reviewing plan and agenda with supervisor, conducts meeting and prepares and issues meeting notes delineating important statements, required actions and schedules.
  • Attends project status meetings, when requested, and reports status of area of responsibility.
  • Responsible to maintain supplier relationships with supplier’s project personnel executing orders to ensure performance of the work.
  • Accountable for integrity of records management for assigned work.
  • Responsible to oversee supplier performance and initiate appropriate notices, including notices of backcharges/claims for assigned packages.


Qualifications and Skills:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Related Bachelors degree and at least 5 years’ experience in commercial aspects of procurement of major equipment and bulk materials; or at least 7 years’ experience in commercial aspects of procurement of equipment and bulk materials.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the legal and commercial aspects of global procurement of equipment and materials.
  • Experience working large EPC projects (>$3 billion) in the oil and gas industry in a Sr Purchasing Specialist role is an asset.
  • Preferred – familiarity with equipment and processes associated to LNG and/or Petrochemical plants.

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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