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Robert Half International Sr. Buyer - Construction in PORTLAND, Oregon


Accountemps has partnered with one of our large publicly-traded clients on the search for a long-term Sr. Buyer! Candidates with a background in Construction procurement or IT Procurement will be prioritized for this fast-paced and highly visible Sr. Buyer role! If you are interested in being considered or want to learn more, please apply online now or call Sarah Yarnell at 503.222.9778!

The Role:

Across the assigned book of construction projects, this role will be responsible for planning, procurement and sourcing of services, equipment, and materials; through the review of specifications, evaluation of proposals, and negotiations with vendors. In addition, this role will play a key part in the development and monitoring of vendor performance.

Day to Day:

  • Deliver best-in-class products and services with the right balance of cost control, risk mitigation and speed.

  • Provide excellent customer service to our stakeholders by working in a collaborative, plan-full and communicative manner.

  • Serves as a vital liaison with key stakeholders to ensure forecasted requirements are incorporated into the procurement process.

  • Respond to approved requisitions and create Purchase Orders within a timeline that meets customer expectations.

  • Partner with Legal and other internal stakeholders to negotiate and finalize contracts, agreements, NDA’s.

  • Monitor PO delivery dates to ensure on-time receipt and maintain current and accurate PO information in SAP.

  • Ensure vendors comply with service level agreements and resolve issues related to shipments, defective material and discrepancies.

  • Monitor supplier performance by ensuring that product/services are delivered as scheduled and meets specifications; maintaining appropriate files and records of meetings with suppliers to ensure company requirements are met and that supplier is aware of their performance.

  • Ensure the development and maturity of key procurement competencies, such as business relationship management, best practices for negotiating, and overseeing contract terms and conditions.

  • Participate in process improvement projects to improve procurement service delivery to exceed internal stakeholder satisfaction and requirements.

  • Develop and maintain a network of suppliers to ensure timely purchases and deliveries

  • Support the implementation and management of emerging suppliers through effective contract management practices, supplier due diligence and supplier risk management.

  • Monitor and support key strategic supplier relationships, including contract and conflict resolution.

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the current market conditions, identifying the drivers, shifts, market dynamics and trends to advise stakeholders with option analysis.

  • Support team training and continuous improvement, along with team and individual KPIs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or other related discipline, such as supply chain management required.

  • Possess a minimum of 5 years’ experience in procurement planning, contracts and purchasing, preferably related to engineering and/or construction

  • Certification by purchasing and supply chain professional body, such as the Institute of Supply Chain Management (ISM) or the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) preferred.

  • Experience developing an effective procurement strategy and providing proactive, high-value procurement consultation to the business through a thorough understanding of the business needs.

  • Project management experience preferred.

  • Strong negotiating skills including ability to develop strategies, tactics, and influence decisions.

  • Analytical, process improvement and assessment skills including the review and evaluation of proposals.

  • Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of purchasing and buying concepts, theories, and approaches, including supplier and vendor awareness, competitive advantages and availabilities, finance, statistics, economics.

  • Communication and interpersonal skills including ability to work with all levels of organization; ability to work as a member of a team.

  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel programs for managing construction contracts, requests for quotes, and suppliers’ invoices and spreadsheets.

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