Lead Buyer - Engineering 90296107 - Philadelphia

Date: Sep 2, 2021

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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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.

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SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
This senior-level position is accountable for cost-effective procurement for assignments that are usually of high complexity.  Responsible for transactional procurement activities including supplier onboarding, and processing, executing, managing and expediting Purchase Orders in the ERP system. Additionally, this role supports commodity strategies including supplier performance monitoring, and performing competitive bidding and negotiation, cost/price analysis, and awarding of Purchase orders. This position applies Subject Matter Expert (SME) level knowledge of the ERP system, the Procure-to-Pay process, and business acumen to collaborate with and support stakeholders. This position may be assigned to lead the monitoring and improvement of departmental metrics and cross-functional process improvement initiatives or develop/provide training to other Procurement personnel or stakeholders. This position applies expert knowledge in Federal Procurement Regulations to negotiate contract terms and conditions associated with assigned Purchase Orders or contracts; identifies and analyzes risks and presents alternatives to Procurement management or the Law Department. 

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
•    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.
•    Serves as a vital interface to business units and management for the procurement function, and responsible for leading and managing procurement projects assigned. Leads the maintenance and improvement of the service level metrics related to Purchase Order transactions and management including creating and running reports, while owning the processing of Purchase Orders of assigned commodities that could be of high volume. Assists business units in finalizing Statements of Work as necessary.
•    Maintains and manages suppliers with focus on total cost improvements while maintaining the highest code of ethics and conduct.
•    Utilizes ERP system to problem-solve for stakeholders or suppliers. Leads or coordinates with IT, Accounts Payable, Procurement Management, and/or other Procurement/Supply Chain functions to find the best practices on utilizing the ERP system for specific commodity needs as well as overall use. Strategically identifies root causes and opportunities to enhance the system or improve business processes to result in long-term impact to the company
•    Negotiates complex procurement contracts involving variable costs and non-standard terms and conditions. Possesses expertise in high risk terms and conditions such as indemnification, limitation of liability, and warranty. 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. Actively looks for opportunities to collaborate on process improvement and provide analytical support as needed.
•    As required, creates and administers training to stakeholders, suppliers, or other Procurement personnel. Assists Procurement management in developing reports and metrics related to Procurement performance.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
•    BS in Business Administration or related field plus 6 years of relevant experience. Or, a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.
•    Must possess 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. 
•    Proven track record improving business processes and delivering measurable results. Experience in developing metrics and reporting associated with procurement performance.
•    Ability to analyze and execute strategic options and their direct potentials and indirect impact on the organization.

•   Ability to effectively use common tools such as Microsoft Excel to perform such analyses including the use of intermediate to advanced functions. 
•    Must be able to work and communicate effectively in writing and verbally with all levels of the company and suppliers. Able to develop and deliver presentations using common tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
•    BS in Business Administration or related field plus 8 years of relevant experience
•    Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)
•    Extensive project management and process improvement leadership experience.
•    Experience in SAP/Ariba
•    Experience in Federal Procurement Regulations, such as FAR or 2CFR200. 

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS:
Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:63941
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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