We are currently seeking applicants for a Purchasing Agent in the Procurement Department of our Accounting & Finance Division located in Springfield, MO! Principal activities include strategic supplier research, sourcing, requests for proposal, negotiations, long-range category planning and strategy. This position initiates and facilitates meetings with suppliers and internal customers to assist with purchases; creation and review of technical specifications for goods and services; coordination of requests from multiple facilities; vendor sourcing and negotiating; placing/tracking/monitoring purchase orders; and expedition of deliveries. Responsibilities will also include coordinating between other divisions within the Cooperative and across all levels of management with oversight responsibilities for corporate policies and procedures. This position will involve up to 25 percent travel, mostly to AECI’s generation fleet.
Qualified applicants must have a four year degree in a business or technical field or equivalent experience as well as at least six years of procurement related experience and demonstrated strong project management skills. This position is within a job family progression, meaning a Senior level Purchasing Agent would be available to candidates with exceptional skills and demonstrated leadership experience. Previous experience within the power industry and CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) is preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent analysis, logic, planning, persuasion, negotiation, and relationship management skills. We are seeking an individual with a strong technical background, excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong computer skills and the ability to assume ownership and provide resolution to issues. This individual will have strong attention to detail, be effective in a team environment and be able to prioritize work schedules to meet deadlines. AECI provides a competitive total compensation package including paid health care and dental premiums starting on day one with vision plans available. Basic life, short-term disability and long-term disability are paid for by AECI as well as a 401k with an employer match. Invest in yourself with our tuition reimbursement and enjoy time away with Paid Time Off (PTO) and paid holidays. Wellness incentives and employee assistance programs are also available. Come join a team where your talents are appreciated, your voice is heard, and your work has an impact! To apply for a position, please visit www.aeci.org/careers and complete your profile. You will be able to upload additional applicant documents (i.e. resume, cover letter) and apply for a position. AECI is fully committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity and affirmative action in all aspects of employment. Please reference the contact information above if you require assistance in filling out an application. Individuals with disabilities should request reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act prior to an appointment.
About Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI) is owned by and provides wholesale power to six regional and 51 local electric cooperative systems in Missouri, northeast Oklahoma and southeast Iowa that serve more than 875,000 customers. AECI’s mission is to provide an economical and reliable power supply and support services to its members with the vision of being the nation’s lowest-cost wholesale power supplier. AECI is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.