Buyer - 90293517 - Philadelphia

Date: Sep 15, 2021

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

Your success is a train ride away.

Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority and the success of our railroad is the result of our employees.

Are you ready to join our team?

This position is accountable for cost-effective procurement for assignments of low to medium complexity.  Responsible for transactional procurement activities including supplier onboarding, and processing, executing, managing and expediting Purchase Orders in the ERP systems. Additionally, this role supports commodity strategies including supplier performance monitoring, performing competitive bidding and negotiation, cost/price analysis, and awarding of Purchase Orders.  May be assigned with the ownership of specific commodities or projects that are transactional in nature. This position applies knowledge in Federal Procurement Regulations and negotiates terms and conditions associated with assigned Purchase Orders or Contracts under the supervision or guidance from senior-level Procurement personnel or the Law Department. 


• Provides purchasing services for Amtrak business units, including solicitation, negotiation of Purchase Order pricing, contractual terms and conditions of purchase, performing cost or price analyses, and administration of Purchase Orders upon execution.
• Interfaces with stakeholders of all levels for assigned Purchase Orders or projects on a regular basis.  Maintains the service level of turning around assigned Purchase Orders that could be high volume. 
• Utilizes proficiency in the ERP systems to problem-solve for stakeholders or suppliers when help is needed.
• Maintains and manages suppliers with focus on total cost improvements while maintaining the highest code of ethics and conduct.
• Negotiates procurement contracts involving variable costs and non-standard terms and conditions. Prepares and administers Purchase Orders and contracts that are financially and legally sound to ensure enforcement of contractual requirements and Amtrak’s policies and procedures in concert with Federal Procurement Regulations and/or the Uniform Commercial Code whichever is applicable.
• Partners with other Procurement and Logistics functions including Planning, Procurement, Business Improvement, and Material Control. 


• BS in Business Administration or related field. Or, a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.
• Knowledge of procure-to-pay processes, types of procurement contracts, commodity pricing, quality standards, sources of supply (including diversity suppliers), statement of work, negotiation techniques, value analysis and other cost savings methods.
• Experience in purchasing or materials planning or related fields.
• Effectively works under a matrix management structure.
• Must be able to work and communicate effectively in writing and verbally with all levels of the company and suppliers.
• Proficiency in business acumen, financial and analytical acumen, written and verbal communication, presentation skills, and implementation and execution.
• Written and verbal communication skills sufficient to prepare, negotiate and review contracts, bids, proposals and vendor agreements for legal terms/conditions and acceptability of items to specifications.
• Self-starter with good analytical skills and common sense to problem solving.
• Demonstrate ability to learn new tasks in order to maintain effectiveness in position.
• Must be detailed oriented and disciplined to ensure project completion and effective follow-through.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing priorities and high volume of Purchase Orders.


• BS in Business Administration or related field plus 2 years of relevant experience
• Experience in SAP/Ariba 
• Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) and Master Business Administration (MBA)
• Project management experience.
• Experience in SAP/Ariba


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:61902
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Supply Chain & Logistics 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing.   All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing.  Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety- sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions.   If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.

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