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Purchasing Agent Northwest Region


Richland, WA, US, 99352

Company:  Inland Asphalt Co South


Job ID:  142058


Inland Asphalt Co., a CRH company, is a member of the CRH West Division family, values a culture of growth, development, and internal promotion.  We are a dynamic, growth-oriented, national aggregate, asphalt, concrete, and construction family of companies.  For over 80 years, we have worked to be the preferred source of quality rock products, concrete, asphalt paving, and construction services.   We have been recognized by numerous organizations for our commitment to safety, customer service, and innovation.  


Purchasing Agent NW Region



Position Overview

This position is a key resource within the NW Region for facilitating the effective ordering of products and services and for ensuring that supply commitments and business needs are met.  The Purchasing Agent supports a variety of employees within the organization. This position will be a main purchaser for their area of responsibility including all lines of business as well as the possibility of backing up other purchasing agents when needed. This role will help to clarify needs, evaluate and assist with determining suppliers, generate and place orders, and manage ongoing supplier interactions within the local operations.  Strong verbal and written communications are vital to the success of this position as well as the ability to coordinate supplier and stakeholder interactions when required.  Supervisory experience would be a plus as this position may have some leadership responsibilities.


Key Responsibilities (Essential Duties and Functions)


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 suppliers, if necessary
  • Follow up with requestor/stakeholder after order placement to inform them of expected delivery time and/or any delays that may arise due to supply constraints
  • Research order history of similar products and services purchased to evaluate differences in costs, delivery, quality and performance
  • Understand the local supply chain (manufacturing, distribution, delivery, use, service and disposal) related to the products and services being purchased
  • Conduct research and 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 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 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 OMG’s supplier management and evaluation efforts to ensure that supplier commitments are met and to identify opportunities for improvement.

  • Provide, and encourage 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


Other Duties

  • Utilize P-Card for small dollar purchases.
  • Will work closely with operations, other purchasers, sourcing, and accounting staff.
  • Track savings generated from purchaser negotiations this needs to be a monthly exercise.


To view a complete job description and apply on-line:

Requisition #: 142058


The statements included in this job description are not intended to be all-inclusive.  They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.  Other duties may be assigned as required.  Requirements for this job are subject to modification by the Company and its designees, and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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!


Inland Asphalt Co. is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Nearest Major Market: Kennewick

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