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Crystal Springs, Mississippi
Job Description: Basic Function: Project Procurement consists of the timely and cost-effective acquisition of quality materials, supplies and resources necessary. It also includes coordinating with associated groups and leading the resolution of purchasing problems.



Under general direction, procure goods and services typically involving moderate financial commitments or technical complexities. Negotiate best prices and terms consistent with the Company's established quality standards and business requirements.



Typical duties/responsibilities for supply management and transportation may include, but are not limited to, the following:



Request supplier quotations, prepare bid tabulations and select lowest qualified bid. Negotiate agreements with suppliers to obtain best terms and conditions for the Company. Issue purchase orders and supplements in accordance with established policies and procedures. Negotiate and issue blanket/open purchase orders for repetitive-type requirements.



Conduct in-depth evaluations of supplier performance, including product quality and voluntary compliance with schedule commitments. As appropriate, recommend alternative sources of supply to minimize problems.



Enforce terms and conditions of purchase orders, and compliance with legal requirements and Company policy. Resolve non-conformance issues, back-charges and claims in a timely manner to minimize the Company's exposure. Review questionable situations and interact with other groups to ensure customer satisfaction.



Strive for continuous improvement in such matters as cycle time, on time delivery, cost and quality. Maintain supplier qualifications and associated supply management databases. Search for and recommend changes, such as utilization of new technologies and other measures to achieve operating efficiencies and increase customer satisfaction. May provide technical assistance to less experienced staff.



Complexity of Tasks: Requires understanding of complex drawings and specifications, contract law, commercial terms, standard procurement procedures and related Company policies. Requires ability to rapidly respond to unforeseen developments and initiate actions to reduce adverse impact. Interfacing with other groups, enforcing contract stipulations, negotiating prices and terms for purchases, require strong communication skills. Errors typically result in minor loss of time or rework.



Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in business or related field plus 2 to 5 years of experience, or alternatively, a special combination of education and experience and/or demonstrated accomplishments.

 

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