Buyer - Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Posted in Building and Construction

Job Info

Job ID: 481722

Pennsy Supply is a CRH company. CRH is the leading vertically integrated supplier of asphalt, aggregates, cement, ready-mix concrete, and paving and construction services in North America. Our 24,100 employees at 1,300 operating locations provide our customers with top-quality, innovative products and services.

Position Overview

The position of a Buyer is a key resource within the company for facilitating the effective ordering of products and services and for ensuring that commitments/business needs are met. The Buyer supports a variety of employees to clarify needs, evaluate and/or determine suppliers, generate/place orders and manage ongoing supplier interactions within our operational footprint. The Buyer will help to develop and implement sourcing practices, policies, and procedures to successfully perform the purchasing initiatives, execute contracts, drive implementation, and coordinate vendor relations.

Key Responsibilities (Essential Duties and Functions)

Sourcing Responsibilities

  • Conducts strategic site visits to review spend/requisition trends, recommends best practices to increase efficiency levels, organizes vendor trainings, consolidation of future Capex needs, vendor issues, etc. Will act on critical items that come out of each site visit and upload details into the appropriate tracking tools.
  • Consolidation of Yearly RFP contracts-alignment with strategic suppliers.
    • Coordinate the identification and evaluation of the most effective means of purchasing and the best sources for product or service expenditures.
    • Be aware of and drive adoption of sourced programs as directed to maximize value to the company.
    • Maintain an understanding of current inventory levels and future demands to assist the business with min/max setting recommendations. May include VMI structures and recommendations, TCO analysis resulting in quarterly or yearly purchases, etc.
    • Vendor audits (as needed) to support multiple points of the value stream.
  • Work with field personnel, requestors, and stakeholders to clarify specifications, establish source alternatives, increase standardization, and otherwise increase value related to an order.
    • Conduct research and support efforts to identify and evaluate new / alternative suppliers which meet the business requirements.

Operational Procurement
    • Facilitate the process of obtaining quotes and / or bids from potential suppliers, when necessary.
    • Research order history of similar products and services purchased to evaluate differences in costs, delivery, quality, and performance. This would include providing estimates based on knowledge of current market conditions or previous orders.
    • Understand the local supply chain (manufacturing, distribution, delivery, use, service, and disposal) related to the products and services being purchased.
    • Prepare purchase orders/facilitate approval within the P2P system which accurately capture the business requirements and leverage existing programs and / or supplier relationships.
    • Work with suppliers and Sourcing to ensure that accurate product / service information is being communicated on orders including pricing, availability, part numbers and delivery.
    • Arrange for the proper transportation of the purchased products if needed, and not otherwise determined.
    • Expedite and assist with the troubleshooting of orders as needed.
    • Support company's supplier management and evaluation efforts to ensure that supplier commitments are met and to identify opportunities for improvements. This would include improving the quality and / or performance of products and services.
    • Provide, and encourage feedback regarding supplier performance through participation in surveys and the use of Supplier Corrective Action Reports (SCARs) as needed.
    • Assist field personnel and Sourcing to perform tests and demonstrations of products/services to evaluate value, compare results and /or identify alternatives, and to ensure that supplier commitments are met.
    • Reviews bid proposals and negotiates contracts within scope of authority.
    • Maintains procurement records to rationalize savings.
    • Other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Bachelor's degree in business, Accounting or Finance.
  • 5+ years of experience, preferably in the construction or manufacturing industry.
  • Proven ability to develop relationships and to collaborate with teams as both a leader and a participant.
  • Experience with procurement tools, processes and systems required.
  • Strong analytical experience and experience working with databases / data warehouse applications.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience working in ERP systems and Microsoft Office applications required.

Knowledge/Skill Requirements
  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving the organization's goals and objectives.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to work with suppliers.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks effectively with a focus on timeliness and responsiveness.
  • Capable of utilizing the internet effectively for research and evaluation.
  • Ability to assist change and sell new concepts and approaches.
  • Understanding of procurement's impact on financial results.
  • Solid values and high standards of ethics, integrity, and trust.
  • Strong financial, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • Unyielding orientation for action and driven for results.
  • Strong project management skills including the ability to prioritize among multiple requirements and deadlines.
  • Effective oral/written communication, presentation and listening skills.
  • The ability to deal with ambiguity and facilitate change.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Able to communicate with others by telephone and in person.
  • Able to drive to different sites to conduct site visits/trainings.
  • Able to utilize a computer for e-mail communication, and preparation of documents, worksheets, and presentations.
  • May require sitting for extended periods of time.
  • May require periodically lifting objects up to 30 lbs.

Work Environment
  • Standard office environment.

The statements included in this job description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job. Other duties may be assigned as required. Requirements for this job are subject to modification by the Company and its designees, and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

What CRH Offers You

  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • A diverse and inclusive culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion

About CRH

CRH has a long and proud heritage. We are a collection of hundreds of family businesses, regional companies and large enterprises that together form the CRH family. CRH operates in a decentralized, diversified structure that allows you to work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of large international organization.

If you're up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our official employment application. Please complete your online profile and it will be sent to the hiring manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest!

Pennsy Supply, a CRH Company, is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

EOE/Vet/Disability--If you want to know more, please click on this link.

Date: May 13, 2023

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia
Nearest Secondary Market: Harrisburg
Job Segment: Data Warehouse, Supply Chain, Procurement, Buyer, Supply, Technology, Operations

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