Sr. Purchasing Agent

Purchasing · Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Department Purchasing
Employment Type Regular Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Summary Descriptions:

Performs various tasks necessary to purchase materials, equipment, and tools needed by the Company.  Analyzes market trends and negotiates with suppliers to obtain best possible prices.  Controls expediting, returns, and surplus material.


Essential Functions
Complies with purchasing SOPs and ensures routings and PO data are accurate monthly.
Provides estimators and project managers with competitive material pricing, availability, substitution, technical information, etc.
Ensures a minimum of three (3) vendor quotes are obtained for all purchase orders.
Coordinates rental equipment quotes, delivery/pick up and monitors usage to ensure rental equipment is returned when projects are completed.
Provides purchasing support to general managers, project managers and estimators as jobs are being designed, or prepared for bid.
Assures accuracy and reasonableness of requisitions and invoices.
Assures orders are expedited as required by project managers and field personnel.
Updates and distributes vendor list to project managers, superintendents, and forepersons, as requested.
Authorizes purchase of materials from suppliers, assigns purchase order number, determines sales tax rate and tax, designates shipping date and freight charges, and provides background instructions and shipping directions and instructions.
Collaborates with project teams to stage materials in locations designated to be the most efficient for quick retrieval and safest to avoid tripping hazard.
Assures that surplus materials are evaluated and sold.
Assures that returned materials are properly documented and returned to vendor in a timely manner or credited to appropriate job.
Develops and maintains supplier relationships including negotiations on all conflicts, issues, questions, prices, deliveries and/or specifications.
Negotiates and maintains material blanket agreements with vendors and distributes information to Estimating Department and project managers.
Performs data entry of material lists, invoices, and packing slips.
In conjunction with the Warehouse team, assures maintenance of proper inventory levels.
Keeps abreast of new developments and techniques in the electrical construction trade.
Recommends and implements long and short-term improved methods of operation.
Meets with vendors, analyzes prices and market trends, and in collaboration with the CFO, negotiates purchase agreements and terms with vendors for the purpose of purchasing goods at the most competitive prices and establishing volume rebate agreements.


High school diploma.
Minimum of 6-8 years’ experience in purchasing.
Excellent working knowledge of materials, tools and equipment used in the electrical contracting and building automation industries.
Work knowledge of cost analyzes and procurement procedures.
Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to prioritize to meet deadlines and contribute positively in a team environment.
Computer knowledge and applications required.
Above average negotiating skills.
Above average math skills.
Good human relations skills.
Ability to work independently.
Confident, decisive, self-motivated, stable personality.


Working 40 hours/week, scheduled in 8 to 10-hour shifts.
Vision adequate for daily and consistent computer use and reading.
Sitting 6 to 8 hours/day.
Lifting weights of 0 to 30 lbs. from floor to above shoulders.
Repetitive use of hands for writing, typing, data entry.

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  • Location
    Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience