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Purchasing Agent

  • Location: Downers Grove, 60439
  • Compensation: $50-$60/hour per hour
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted 8 months ago


The Purchasing Agent for Fabricated/Engineering Equipment plays a crucial role in sourcing, negotiating, and procuring high-quality equipment required for the client’s operations. This position involves identifying reliable suppliers, obtaining competitive prices, managing vendor relationships, and ensuring the timely delivery of materials while maintaining cost-efficiency and quality standards. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) have been established to measure and drive success in this role.

Supplier Sourcing and Selection:
  • Research and identify potential suppliers of fabricated/engineering equipment.
  • Evaluate supplier capabilities, quality standards, and capacity to meet the company's needs.
  • Establish a network of reliable vendors capable of providing required equipment within specified timelines.

Price negotiation:
  • Negotiate pricing, terms, and contracts with suppliers to ensure favorable terms for the company.
  • Obtain competitive quotes and analyze cost structures to achieve cost savings without compromising quality.

Vendor Management:
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with suppliers, fostering open communication and collaboration.
  • Monitor supplier performance, addressing any issues that arise, such as delays, quality concerns, or deviations from specifications.
  • Continuously assess and improve procurement processes to enhance efficiency and reduce lead times.

Purchase Order Processing:
  • Prepare and process purchase orders in accordance with company policies and procedures.
  • Ensure accuracy of order details, quantities, pricing, and delivery schedules.

Quality Assurance:
  • Work closely with quality assurance teams to establish and enforce quality standards for purchased equipment.
  • Conduct supplier audits and inspections to ensure compliance with specifications.

Preferred Skills and Expertise:
    • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Engineering, or a related field (or equivalent work experience), or
    • 3+ Proven experience as a Purchasing Agent or similar role, preferably in the fabricated/engineering equipment industry, or
    • 5+ years of experience in Procurement / purchasing within capital projects, renewable solar preferred
    • Strong negotiation skills with the ability to secure favorable terms and pricing.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for effective vendor relationship management.
    • Analytical mindset with the ability to assess cost structures, market trends, and supplier capabilities.
    • Proficiency in using procurement software and tools.
    • Attention to detail and a commitment to maintaining high-quality standards.
    • Problem-solving skills to address procurement and supplier-related challenges.
    • Familiarity with legal aspects of procurement contracts and agreements.


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