Purchasing Agent
Kiewit - Minnesota
Kiewit is one of North America's largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned company operates through a network of offices and projects in the United States, Canada and Australia. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, power, oil, gas and chemical, building and mining. Kiewit had 2013 revenues of more than $11.8 billion and employs more than 33,000 staff and craft employees.

Purchasing Agent

To be responsible for the purchase and/or lease of construction materials as well as the permanent facility materials. To successfully obtain high quality materials for the organization in a cost effective way supportive of the construction schedules or business needs.

Essential Functions

  • Prepares written inquiries or obtains verbal or written quotes for vendor supplied items and subcontracts in compliance with requisitions and/or specifications.
  • Receives vendor bids, evaluate bids considering price, delivery date, past performance of vendor, etc. to determine successful bidder.
  • Prepares accurate and complete information in support of project bids, effectively projecting pricing and sources for materials, equipment and tools for the upcoming project.
  • Negotiates terms/conditions of and place purchase orders. Negotiates and issues purchase change orders. Prepares all required documentation for each purchase order.
  • Expedites awarded purchase orders when necessary to insure timely delivery.
  • Handles third party rental contracts and awards, renewals, and terminations. Maintain files, rental rate information and chart all rental orders.
  • Resolves order, invoice, and quote problems expeditiously and accurately, ensuring that information is shared with all those affected.
  • Manages delivery requirements with the vendors; supervises the purchased goods adherence to jobsite quality requirements with engineering and the jobsite, as appropriate.
  • Establishes/maintains working contact with vendors. Meet with sales and vendor representatives as required to foster working relationships.
  • Maintains a bid/buy book for each project.
  • Performs additional assignments per supervisor's direction or as the need is apparent.


  • Minimum Qualifications

  • Four year technical or business degree or equivalent combination of education and procurement experience.
  • More than five years of mechanical contracting purchasing or estimating experience.
  • Working knowledge of procurement techniques, procedures, policies, accounting and business contract law.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills essential. Effective writing skills, exemplifying the ability to express clear and concise requirements, terms, etc.
  • Strong math skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft products as well as construction procurement software experience.
  • Kiewit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage qualified women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others to apply.

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    Peter Kiewit Sons' is a heavyweight in the heavy construction industry. The general contractor and its subsidiaries have a breadth of...