Purchasing Agent - Goodall Homes in Chattanooga, TN at Clayton Home Building Group

Date Posted: 10/4/2019

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Job Description

Clayton Homes, a Berkshire Hathaway company and the nation's leading housing provider, is a vertically integrated housing company that builds, sells, and insures affordable housing. Our commitment to creating a World Class Customer Experience is unparalleled in the housing industry and we believe it begins with a World Class Team Member Experience. From entry-level to more experienced positions, we're actively recruiting individuals who are passionate, positive, and eager to learn. We then equip you for success, whether you're in the office, in the field, or on the floor. As a member of our team you'll enjoy excellent benefits, opportunities for growth, and an encouraging culture that supports work / life balance.


The Home Building Group is actively searching for an Purchasing Agent to join the Goodall Homes Team in Chattanooga, TN.



GENERAL FUNCTION:  

In collaboration with the Division Purchasing Team, the Purchasing Agent is responsible for all purchasing functions for their assigned cost types and strategic development of best in class processes that drive customer service excellence. The Purchasing Agent works in close collaboration with all departments to ensure successful bids for goods and services are conducted in accordance with organizational policies and procedures. Responsible for accurately establishing and monitoring costs associated with product in development and construction phases. Work with the product development group to research and develop marketable designs and value engineering opportunities.



SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist the purchasing team at the divisional level including hiring, training, and developing to ensure a quality team that functions well together.
  • Ensure that records of goods ordered and received are accurately maintained.
  • Locate and interview vendors of materials, equipment, and supplies in order to determine product availability.
  • Control and monitor the purchasing departments’ budget.
  • Identify and implement improved and/or more cost-effective methods and materials.
  • Analyze market to assess present and future material availability.
  • Implement purchasing and contract management policies and procedures.
  • Participate in the development of specifications for homes.
  • Manage vendor relationships including negotiating contracts, formulating policies and procedures, resolving grievances, and ensuring a competent subcontract force in the division.
  • Review, evaluate and approve specifications for issuing and awarding bids.
  • Ensure that all reports are completed accurately and in a timely fashion including those relating to market conditions, home cost, option cost.
  • Administer the purchasing and options systems and ensure their utilization and accuracy.
  • Maintain and implement systems to streamline operations.
  • Ensure that various records are maintained pursuant to Company policies including construction contracts, drawings, home/subdivisions specifications.

Job Requirements



QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, Information Systems, Business Management, Purchasing/Supply Chain Management, or Building Construction is preferred.
  • Knowledgeable about the construction industry including construction cost, materials, products, methods, and procedures.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with construction drawings and addendums.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize several tasks without compromising quality of work or mission deadlines.
  • Proven organization skills in a high paced work environment.
  • Must be able to use Microsoft Office Suite software for advanced internal and external communications, creation of reports and presentations and database maintenance.
  • Ability to review, analyze and interpret information as well as trouble-shoot to solve problems.
  • Ability to adapt in a changing workplace.
  • Skilled at complex negotiations using high levels of integrity and sound judgment.
  • 3-5 years progressive experience in purchasing with a minimum of 3 years in the home building industry preferred.
  • Experience working with construction management, estimating and accounting software.

 

Accountability Metrics:

o   Direct Cost Management

o   General Procurement

o   Variance Reporting

o   Option Margin

o   Team Member Hiring, Training, and Development

o   Standard Operating Procedure Creation and Implementation

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