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Burns & McDonnell Senior Purchaser in Houston, Texas


The Senior Purchaser is responsible for leading procurement processes. Identifying and screening procurement suppliers, negotiating terms and conditions, driving improved supplier service levels, improving business results and standardizing procurement best practice processes.

  • Execute and direct specific procurement plans and programs, to reduce costs to meet schedule requirements and ensure quality.

  • Directs the preparation of procurement documents and agreements.

  • Directs commercial bid evaluations of supplier proposals and coordinate technical evaluations and recommendations.

  • Manages supplier submittals to facilitate the execution of agreements.

  • Evaluate and negotiate the procurement of equipment, materials, and subcontracts as assigned.

  • Participate in the proposal and selection process and facilitate pre-bid meetings.

  • Evaluate supplier's overall performance and recommend and implement process enhancements.

  • Review purchase order documents, procurement status reports and expediting reports for submission.

  • Submit comprehensive and complete procurement packages to the engineering group.

  • Present Project Procurement Status and Material Status Reports.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Construction, Law or related field. Applicable experience may be substituted for degree requirement.

  • A minimum of 7 years direct purchasing experience, project procurement, project field procurement, materials management, or EPC procurement experience.

  • C.P.M. or CPSM certification preferred.

  • Procurement, contract administration, and claims management experience required.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, proven analytical and problem-solving skills and proven effective ability to negotiate.

  • Capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments.

  • Experience in devising new approaches to purchasing problems encountered.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.

  • Oracle Financial R12 software experience preferred.

  • Expert knowledge of terms and conditions related to procurement of engineered equipment.

  • Expert understanding of logistics, freight, and tax implications.


Job Procurement

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a more amazing place with more than 5,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants on staff and growing. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. We take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking.

We have offices and projects spanning the US and the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture of 100% employee ownership plays a major role in supporting that outcome. Each employee shares in the ownership of the firm, bringing the commitment of an owner to our projects. Clients appreciate that and have rewarded us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. Pretty cool for a 100 year old firm that grows organically.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference every day while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with more than 350 service specialties, your career and development options are abundant.

Burns & McDonnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Req ID: 190609



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