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Buyer/Purchasing Agent

Company: PCL Construction
Location: Bakersfield
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

The future you want is within reach.

At PCL, your personal and professional growth is our passion. We're excited to help you discover what's next in your journey so you can build a legacy that you're proud of. With locations and projects across North America and beyond, exciting opportunities are waiting for you in dozens of cities.

As a Purchasing Agent for our Bakersfield office, you will contribute to our team by assisting in the planning, conducting, and influencing of procurement activities.


  • Purchases or oversees the purchase of higher-risk and more complex materials, assets, and services in accordance with policies, procedures and established buying agreements, using cost-effective approaches for each transaction.
  • Identifies and negotiates with vendors to purchase requisitioned commodities, services, and assets, while meeting criteria such as specification, price, quantity, quality, safety, and delivery date. Clear understanding of "Best Value". Supports strategic initiatives with procurement and the district.
  • Proactively manages and supports the procurement team and operations team to mitigate risks identified through expediting.
  • Maintains and develops marketplace knowledge and key contacts for products and services.
  • Develops and maintains constructive and cooperative, and customer focused working relationships with suppliers, internal and external customers, projects, and the district.
  • Identifies current and future risks (e.g., schedule, price, supply, quality, service) and contributes to discussions to manage/mitigate those risks.
  • Administers formal bid process (e.g., Requests for Quote (RFQ), technical and commercial review, bid conditioning, award); negotiates procurement details with suppliers, including contract terms and conditions and administration of the agreement throughout their term.
  • Supports estimating as the lead with price support for materials and services, leading preparation of supplemental estimates, and participating in estimating meetings and bid closing.
  • Evaluates and makes recommendations for rent vs buy scenarios. Evaluates current fleet of equipment.
  • Actively searches the marketplace for innovative products, technologies, services, and processes that could be introduced and bring best value to PCL. Champions initiatives to reduce nonvalue add activities and streamline processes while maintaining or improving effectiveness.

    • 7 years of progressive experience in supply chain / procurement in a related industry preferred.
    • Postsecondary diploma/degree in a related discipline an asset (e.g., business, supply chain management, logistics, warehouse distribution).
    • Working towards a procurement and equipment designation or certification considered an asset.
    • May oversee the procurement function in a small district area/satellite office.
    • Advanced construction knowledge; understands specifications, methods, and procedures. Involved in strategy, planning, and training/mentoring others.
    • Strong drive, time management, and sense of urgency: ability to assist inprioritization of shifting priorities for self and others in a fast-paced, changing environment.
    • General understanding and application of applicable laws and regulations related to procurement activities. Collaborates with internal experts.
    • Advanced understanding of supply chain process, project life cycle, procurement best practices, and risk.
    • Strong negotiating skills and awareness of impact on company and projects. Able to mentor and train others on different techniques.
    • Strong computer literacy; experience with relevant tools and technology (software and hardware); ability to train others on program and help develop new tools.

      PCL is an innovative, employee-owned company comprised of people who find passion in their profession and take pride in doing great work every day. Our work powers the infrastructure and utilities that are essential to daily life and our projects are the scene of vacations, careers, education and healing. We are consistently ranked among the best companies to work for because we are committed to supporting and developing our teams.

      PCL combines numerous pay and benefit strategies to provide a comprehensive and competitive total rewards package. The total rewards package includes an employee share purchase offering, discretionary annual performance bonus, comprehensive benefits & wellness programs, retirement plan plus matching and career development programs.

      The PCL Companies celebrate diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating equitable opportunities and an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We make employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or veteran status.

      Should you require an accommodation during the application process, please contact us at with the position and location you are interested in.

      Together, we can build success and a better future. Let's get started!

      Employee Status: Regular Full-Time

      Company: PCL Industrial Services, Inc.

      Primary Location: Bakersfield, California

      Job: Purchasing Agent

      Requisition: 1583 Associated topics: annuities, bond, broker dealer, commodities, fiduciary, financial, ira, securities broker, sell, stock

Keywords: PCL Construction, Bakersfield , Buyer/Purchasing Agent, Sales , Bakersfield, California

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