Planner/Buyer 2 (Emphasis on Construction Projects)
Contracts and Purchasing; Portland, OR 97209
Posting # 50263423
June 1, 2018
At NW Natural, we like to say, “We grew up here.” We’ve been an energy supplier and community leader since 1859. Some of our neighbors know us through our philanthropy and volunteer programs and innovative approaches to carbon reduction.
Our customers know us because of the clean, safe, efficient, and low-cost natural gas we provide. We are a service-oriented utility, with a “Best in the West” customer satisfaction ranking.
If you share our core values – integrity, safety, service ethic, caring and environmental stewardship – we invite you to apply to NW Natural.
This position will assist in driving our initiative to move from a tactical, to a more strategic, proactive enabler of business outcomes. Across the assigned book of business this role will be responsible for planning, procurement and sourcing of equipment, materials, and services through the review of approved material requirements and specifications, evaluation of proposals, and negotiations with vendors/service providers. In addition, this role will play a key part in developing enhancements to the materials requirement planning processes. Develops and maintains a network of suppliers to ensure timely purchases and deliveries.
Day to Day:
Deliver best-in-class products and services with the right balance of cost control, risk mitigation and speed.
Provide excellent customer service to our stakeholders by working in a collaborative, plan-full and communicative manner.
Serves as a vital liaison with key stakeholders to ensure forecasted requirements are incorporated into the procurement process.
Analyze material usage, trends, forecasted requirements, and SAP configuration settings to maintain optimal inventory levels and avoid out-of-stocks.
Direct SAP configuration settings to align results with key objectives.
Respond to approved requisitions and create Purchase Orders within a timeline that meets customer expectations.
Partner with Legal and other internal stakeholders to negotiate and finalize contracts, agreements, NDA’s.
Monitor PO delivery dates to ensure on-time receipt and maintain current and accurate PO information in SAP.
Ensures on-time delivery by establishing and monitoring replenishment strategy.
Ensure vendors comply with service level agreements and resolve issues related to shipments, defective material and discrepancies.
Monitor supplier performance by ensuring that product is delivered as scheduled and meets specifications; maintaining appropriate files and records of meetings with suppliers to ensure company requirements are met and that supplier is aware of their performance.
Ensures proactive inventory management through collaboration with internal supply chain partners and effective vendor supply management.
Ensure the development and maturity of key procurement competencies, such as business relationship management, best practices for negotiating, and overseeing contract terms and conditions.
Participate or lead process improvement projects to improve procurement service delivery to exceed internal stakeholder satisfaction and requirements.
Support the implementation and management of emerging suppliers through effective contract management practices, supplier due diligence and supplier risk management.
Monitor and support key strategic supplier relationships, including contract and conflict resolution.
Maintain a thorough understanding of the current market conditions, identifying the drivers, shifts, market dynamics and trends to advise stakeholders with option analysis.
Support team training and continuous improvement, along with team and individual KPIs.
Supports Company’s commitment to a culture of safe work practices.
Come on your first day with:
Bachelor’s degree in business or other related discipline, such as supply chain management required. An advanced business degree is preferred.
Possess a minimum of 5 years’ experience in procurement planning, contracts and purchasing, preferably related to engineering, construction and/or gas pipeline operations.
Certification by purchasing and supply chain professional body, such as the Institute of Supply Chain Management (ISM) or the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) preferred.
Experience developing an effective procurement strategy and providing proactive, high-value procurement consultation to the business through a thorough understanding of the business needs.
Project management experience preferred.
Strong negotiating skills including ability to develop strategies, tactics, and influence decisions.
Analytical, process improvement and assessment skills including the review and evaluation of proposals.
Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of purchasing and buying concepts, theories, and approaches, including supplier and vendor awareness, competitive advantages and availabilities, finance, statistics, economics.
Communication and interpersonal skills including ability to work with all levels of organization; ability to work as a member of a team.
Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel programs for managing construction contracts, requests for quotes, and suppliers’ invoices and spreadsheets.
What we offer:
Arguably the most competitive healthcare and wellness benefits in the Pacific Northwest
Meaningful Annual Incentive Bonus Opportunity in addition to base salary
401(k) with generous match and additional 5% employer contribution
Company provided Trimet or C-Tran passes/Bike storage for cyclists
Green Team/Diversity & Inclusion Council/Safety Team/Women’s Network
Numerous volunteer and community engagement opportunities
Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 15% discount
20% Employee discount on Natural Gas
Generous Vacation/Sick leave program
7 Paid Holidays and up to 3 floating holidays to add an extra paid day off to Holidays Observed by NW Natural
Flexible work schedule opportunities
Base salary Range– Min. $56,300 (*$62,050 to $77,900) Max. $81,650
*Expected Hiring Range
Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including a cover letter and a resume.
Applications will be reviewed once application deadline has passed.
Deadline:June 15, 2018
At NW Natural we are committed to fair compensation, pay equity and equal opportunity for advancement in the workplace. Salaries are determined based on a combination of education, experience, skills, performance and internal equity to similar roles within our organization.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, disability, or any other federal, state or local protected class.
Additional Salary Information: *Expected Hiring Range
Internal Number: 50263423
About NW Natural
About NW Natural NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 730,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.