Burns & McDonnell Section Manager - Purchasing (T&D) in Kansas City, Missouri


This position is responsible for leadership of a team of Transmission & Distribution purchasing professionals within the Procurement Department of the Construction Design-Build Global Practice. This includes responsibility for growing a commercially sound purchasing team that leverages company spend and executes procurement strategies to reduce construction delays and insure EP, EPC, EPCM, and JV projects across the Transmission & Distribution Global Practice obtain the best possible goods & services, quality and price.

  • Committed to creating Burns & McDonnell’s core values: client satisfaction, commitment, dedication, integrity, safety, and overall outstanding service.

  • Lead, allocate resources, and manage all aspects of purchasing support services across the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Global Practice.

  • Coordinate with project procurement managers, procurement department leadership, construction director, Global Practice and Regional Office leadership to identify purchasing needs, allocate resources to projects, and expand procurement services within the Transmission & Distribution group.

  • Manage the T&D procurement teams’ execution of procurement scope on projects meeting and exceeding client expectations for quality, schedule, and budget.

  • Establish a long-term strategic plan for profitable growth with the T&D procurement department.

  • Market procurement services to internal and external clients.

  • Execute procurement services on EP, EPC, EPCM, and JV projects.

  • Manage the cost-effective utilization of Purchasing staff.

  • Anticipate and solve complex Procurement problems.

  • Lead and facilitate complex supplier negotiations independently.

  • Knowledge of prime contracts and ability to establish project specific terms and conditions

  • Lead proposal development efforts; responsible for procurement scoping, procurement execution plan development, material pricing for long lead critical path equipment, and procurement services labor estimate development.

  • Create, cultivate, and maintain key relationships within supplier organizations.

  • Manage and effectively resolve supplier performance issues.

  • Promote and ensure ethical procurement practices in accordance with code of business conduct requirements and procurement procedures are adhered to.

  • Collaborate across offices, domestically and internationally, to ensure consistency in procurement work process.

  • Lead procurement process and multitask without sacrificing safety, quality, price, or schedule.

  • Lead recruiting efforts, employee-owner development and retention.

  • Effectively managing performance of Transmission and Distribution purchasing staff.

  • Organize, lead, and conduct annual performance appraisal process for team members.

  • All other duties assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Construction, Law or related field from an accredited program. Minimum 10 years related professional experience in Procurement supporting EPC projects.

  • Proficient understanding of Purchasing, Expediting, Supplier Quality, Freight & Logistics roles and responsibilities on EPC projects.

  • Ability to work across Global Practices, multiple global office locations, and effectively navigate the organization to produce results.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to read, understand and negotiate contracts.

  • Proficient understanding of commercial terms and conditions and upstream contracts.

  • Comfortable with risk management via commercial contract protection.

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as required.

  • Exceptional people skills and ability to motivate others to achieve common goals and drive increased profitability in our organization.


Job Procurement

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % 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: 190269