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Purchasing Manager/Regional Buyer

Job Summary

The Purchasing Manager/ Regional Buyer is responsible for facilitating the procurement of materials and related services at the best cost and value to CalPortland. As part of the Corporate Purchasing Team, he/she will implement companywide agreements for operations relating to MRO, electricity, fuel, freight, raw materials and service agreements at the plant level by interacting and supporting plant operations team. He/she is responsible for purchase order creation and oversight to insure flawless transaction completion throughout the procurement cycle for transactions at the plant. As key member supporting the plant manufacturing operations, the Regional Buyer will need to have a can-do, customer service support to the operations and organization attitude. This key position interacts with many areas of a dynamic organization and a growing building materials industry. A great opportunity, for the right candidate, to contribute, grow and move within a great organization.


  • Execute companywide single source agreements in the region for the procurement of required materials, MRO and services from approved suppliers enhancing profitability.
  • Participate in Plant Operations Meetings to contribute and help as needed pertaining to raw material procurement and logistics
  • Submit suggestions to the Director of Strategic Sourcing and the Plant Manager on ideas that may improve supply chain strategies and mitigate potential shortage issues on long lead time items. 
  • Obtain materials, components and equipment from the approved vendor list to reduce supplier base and rouge spending.
  • Plan, schedule and monitor the movement of fuel, freight, MRO and raw materials to the required destination, ensuring that every effort is made to meet delivery schedules provided by Operations.
  • Expedite orders as necessary. Identify actual and potential delivery problems and take proactive steps to inform appropriate Operations personnel.
  • Resolve invoice issues with suppliers and implement appropriate root cause corrections. 
  • Work with suppliers on technical issues as required to streamline processes.
  • Identify, understand, and utilize SAP reports.
  • Identify procurement problem areas and offer possible solutions.
  • Participate in special assignments as requested by the Director of Purchasing.
  • Work as a catalyst between Purchasing and Operations on implementing best practice procedures to eliminate non-value added work and look for continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Continually assess market conditions which may affect procurement and recommend materials management strategy enhancements to the Director of Sourcing and Operations managers.
  • Strive to minimize freight and handling costs.


BA/BS in Supply Chain Management / Business / Engineering or related field required, MBA Preferred


  • Comprehensive knowledge of ERP purchasing, materials and supply chain functions. 
  • Ability to manage the entire Procure to Payment process.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills; Able to forge internal colleague and external supplier relationships.
  • Ability to comply with existing and adapt quickly to new processes.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and detail-orientation


  • Professional certifications (APICS or ISM Certification)
  • Advanced knowledge of SAP Enterprise Resource Planning or equivalent.
  • Procurement experience in the Building Materials Industry highly desired.
  • Multiple language knowledge is beneficial, not required.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have strong computer skills; specifically SAP software, MS Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point).


At CalPortland, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive, competitive benefits package that provides health and financial support to our most important resources: our employees.  Your benefits are an important part of your overall compensation at CalPortland. That’s why we give you a wide range of benefits to choose from.  All regular full time employees may enroll in a variety of health and welfare plans including medical, dental and vision plans.  Other benefits include life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, and retirement program.  The company also has a variety of voluntary benefits for employees to choose from.

Conditions of Employment

Successful candidate must submit to post offer pre-employment physical examination, drug/alcohol screen and background check.  Some positions require FMCSA regulated on-going drug and alcohol testing.

Purchasing Manager/Regional Buyer

Job Req ID:  728
Job Type:  Salaried

Nearest Major Market: Bakersfield

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