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Buyer - Fayetteville, AR

Fayetteville, AR, US, 72703

APAC - Central-Central West Region - NWA



Job ID:  150966


APAC Central Inc., is a CRH company producing and providing crushed aggregate materials, sand, ready-mix concrete, asphalt, and performing as a regional heavy highway/infrastructure construction firm serving Arkansas, Oklahoma, and southern Missouri. APAC-Central, Inc. and its founding companies have been serving our customers since early in the 20th Century and look forward to continued success in the 21st Century!


Position Overview


This position is a key resource for facilitating the effective ordering of products and services and for ensuring that supply commitments / business needs are met.  The Buyer supports a variety of employees within the organization to clarify needs, evaluate and / or determine suppliers, generate / place orders and manage ongoing supplier interactions within the local operations.


Key Responsibilities


  • Coordinate the identification and evaluation of the most effective means of purchasing and the best sources for particular product or service expenditures
  • Work with field personnel, requestors and stakeholders to clarify specifications, establish source alternatives, increase standardization and otherwise increase value related to an order
  • Be aware of and drive adoption of sourced programs, as directed, to maximize value to the company
  • Facilitate the process of obtaining quotes and / or bids from potential vendors, if necessary
  • Maintain an understanding of current inventory levels and future demands to assist the business
  • Monitor / research order history of similar products and services purchased to evaluate / track differences in costs, delivery, quality and performance
  • Be familiar with the supply chain (manufacturing, distribution, delivery, use, service and disposal) related to the products and services being purchased
  • Support efforts to identify and evaluate new / alternative suppliers which meet the business requirements
  • Execute the generation and placing of orders with selected suppliers within the standard process and systems
  • Prepare draft purchase orders within the P2P system which accurately capture the business requirements and which leverage existing programs and / or supplier relationships
  • Work with suppliers and Sourcing to ensure that accurate product / service information is being communicated on orders including pricing, availability, part numbers and delivery.
  • Facilitate the approval of draft purchase orders
  • Arrange for the proper transportation and / or storage of the purchased products, if needed and not otherwise determined
  • Place approved purchases with suppliers
  • Expedite and assist with the troubleshooting of orders as needed
  • Support CRH’s supplier management and evaluation efforts to ensure that supplier commitments are met and to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Provide, and encourage other users, to provide feedback regarding supplier performance through participation in surveys and the use of Supplier Corrective Action Reports (SCARs), as needed
  • Work with suppliers and field personnel to improve the quality and / or performance of products and services
  • Assist field personnel and Sourcing to perform tests and demonstrations of products / services to evaluate value, compare results and / or identify alternatives and to ensure that supplier commitments are met
  • Work with Sourcing to track market conditions, pricing trends, and opportunities to maximize purchasing value
  • Support the vendor data management / vendor master maintenance processes through adherence to established payment terms and identifying the need for new or updated data information


Education and/or Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of business, purchasing, operations or related experience.
  • Experience working with P2P systems, databases / data warehouse applications, ERP systems and / or Microsoft Office applications required.
  • Experience with procurement tools, processes and systems would be beneficial
  • Experience in mining, construction or manufacturing would be beneficial


Knowledge / Skill Requirements


  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving the organization's goals and objectives.
  • Ability to work effectively with others
  • High ethical standards
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong negotiation skills and ability to work with suppliers
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks effectively with a focus on timeliness and responsiveness
  • Ability to drive change and sell new concepts and approaches through persistence, self-motivation, energy, tenacity, follow-through, and commitment
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Understanding of procurement’s impact on financial results


What CRH Americas Offers You


  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development and internal promotion
  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs


About CRH Americas


CRH Americas has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the CRH Americas family. CRH Americas operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.


CRH Americas is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Please complete your online application and profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Thank you for your interest in the CRH Americas family!


APAC Central Inc. is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Date Posted:  May 25, 2019

Nearest Major Market: Fayetteville

Job Segment: Procurement, Warehouse, Supply, Data Management, ERP, Operations, Manufacturing, Data, Technology