Purchasing Agent
FieldCore, a GE company, is a new, independent industrial field services company that will deliver the highest standard of field services excellence and capabilities for GE and its customers. FieldCore will bring together the field services expertise and people from both Granite Services and GE’s Power Services into one powerhouse. Driven by the values of safety, quality, and integrity, FieldCore will be built to deliver operational excellence for customers in the power generation, oil & gas, nuclear, and wind power markets. For more information, check out www.fieldcore.com

Role Summary/Purpose

The Purchasing Agent is responsible for leading the efforts of the Sourcing Department in specific regions to ensure a continuous supply of needed materials, supplies and services at the minimum investment. The Purchasing Agent will be responsible for sourcing commodities and services, understanding and communicating commodity markets, developing suppliers as well as promoting good interdepartmental relationships. The Purchasing Agent is responsible for Sourcing specific value stream-related commodities and services that are complex, high dollar value or company/customer designed in order to support Operations and related operating departments. The Purchasing Agent will lead purchasing process improvement teams, provide guidance and alternatives to Buyer and drive key metrics in the Sourcing department.

Essential Function

Negotiate terms and conditions for all assigned regions to including long term contracts
Draft terms for review by the Sourcing Manager
Identify areas of potential organizational vulnerability either financially or in manufacturing
Lead cost reduction/savings program for assigned commodities
Develop and maintain metrics and counter measures
Maintain supplier base by identifying and including optimum number of suppliers
Lead and conduct supplier site visits. Coordinate departmental supplier evaluation program
Participate in new product launch initiatives including the sourcing of new materials and the search for new suppliers
Coordinate efforts of Sourcing team on special projects as assigned
Provide training and assistance to Purchasing Agents and other team members to assist with buying objectives
Initiate and maintain good supplier relations; expedite deliveries as necessary; involve engineering for discussion and approval of alternative methods or materials if delivery is not available when required
Work collaboratively with other internal departments such as Accounting, Marketing, Project Management, and Operations to ensure there is an adequate flow of information concerning progress of materials, services, etc.
Develop, track, and execute the plans for cross-functional supply chain related projects
Identify opportunities for improvement
Closely monitor all assigned projects and take appropriate action to ensure their successful completion
Report project progress to Sourcing Manager and team members as appropriate
Plan, execute, and track progress for special assignments involving key measurables for the Sourcing department (such as action plans, inventory reduction, supplier evaluations, cost reduction initiatives, training, forecasting, etc.)
Lead coordinated efforts to ensure root cause and corrective actions are identified and implemented to eliminate any Operations related work stoppage
Create and make presentations to company management, suppliers, and customers as required
Seek out and advise management of ways to continuously improve the quality of the process or methods employed in the day-to-day activities of the position, department or company, and participate in their implementation
Maintain all Purchasing Agent related metrics to include root cause corrective action
Perform other duties as assigned


5+ years purchasing experience in a project management environment
Bachelor’s degree in Materials Management, Business Administration, or equivalent

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of purchasing practices and procedures, including vendor qualification and performance monitoring
Solid analytical skills and strong results oriented aptitude
Advanced computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office and MRP / ERP systems
Attention to detail and outstanding organizational skills
Exceptional oral and written communication skills
Skillful in establishing and maintaining working relationships with departments and suppliers
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment independently and with time constraints
Strong troubleshooting, problem solving and creative thought processing skills
Excellent written, verbal, analytical, negotiating and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated success with cost reductions
Ability to organize and prioritize work, and to meet deadlines
Proven ability to lead a cross functional team, achieve desired results, and maintain relationships
Ability to travel as needed
English proficiency required