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Purchasing Manager/Regional Buyer

Job Summary

The Regional Buyer will facilitate the procurement of materials and related services by the company. This includes implementing companywide agreements for operations relating to MRO, electricity, fuel, freight, raw materials, and service agreements. This position supervises the actions of the purchase order creators and goods receipt receivers in the assigned region. This individual develops ongoing communications with other Regional Buyers to ensure consistent procedures and processes are followed, as well as works with Accounts Payable to quickly resolve any vendor payment issues.

  • Subject matter expert on CalPortland’s procurement processes providing training and oversight to regional purchase order creator and goods receipt receiver roles
  • Execute companywide single-source agreements in the region for the procurement of required materials, MRO and services from approved suppliers enhancing profitability
  • Responsible for Regional PCard
  • Submit suggestions to the Director of Purchasing 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
  • Identify actual and potential delivery problems; 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
  • Verify procurement data accuracy (Parts Numbers, BOMs, Part Costs) in SAP; solve or report problems to appropriate parties
  • Identify, understand, and utilize SAP reports
  • Annually update written procedures for routine job responsibilities
  • Identify procurement problem areas and offer possible solutions
  • Work as a catalyst between Purchasing and Operations on implementing best practice procedures to eliminate non-value-added work
  • Continually assess market conditions which may affect procurement and recommend materials management strategy enhancements to the Director of Purchasing and Operations managers
  • Strive to minimize freight and handling costs
  • Analyze and correct material cost variances, provide reporting to the Director of Purchasing
  • Responsible for optimizing material costs through vendor analysis, quality, schedule, and cost evaluation
  • Mentor purchase order creators and goods receipt receivers to improve skills development and promotion potential
  • Perform supplier audits to validate that they are exceeding the operation’s needs

Bachelor's in Supply Chain Management, Business, Engineering, or related field required

  • 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)
  • Knowledge of SAP Enterprise Resource Planning or equivalent
  • Procurement experience in the Building Materials Industry highly desired
  • Multiple language knowledge is beneficial, not required
  • Knowledge of SAP software, MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

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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