Sr Strategic Buyer
American Water - New Jersey

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Job Title: Sr Strategic Buyer Job ID: 30200309

Grade: L08 FLSA: Exempt

EEO: 02 Professionals

Primary Role:

For categories of higher complexity, criticality and spend, responsible

for defining sourcing strategies, negotiating agreements, and providing

supplier agreement and internal customer management to deliver financial

savings and procurement process improvements for an assigned set of

strategic categories. If assigned to capital projects, conducts

comprehensive reviews of cost estimates to support capital planning,

project cost control, and value engineering. Sr Strategic Buyers will

also be responsible for providing guidance to Strategic Buyers.

Key Accountabilities:

Manage procurement activities from the development and implementation of

the sourcing strategy to the management of agreements and suppliers for

a defined set of strategic categories.

Facilitate category teams, working with American Water subject matter

experts and internal customers to gather and assess business


Collect and analyze category data, and develop the internal and external

category profile.

Develop requests for information/proposals (RFI/RFP) with potential

suppliers, administer, analyze, make recommendations and communicate


Conduct qualitative and quantitative supplier analysis. (30%)

Develop fact-based negotiation strategies and assist in conducting

negotiations with suppliers/contractors (or lead depending upon category


Develop alternative sourcing options with recommendations.

Maintain clear documentation and audit trail of procurement activities.

Develop and execute the implementation plans for an assigned set of


If assigned to capital projects, review project specific detail on costs

for labor, equipment, materials, subcontracts, overhead, taxes,

insurance, and mark ups to identify procurement savings opportunities

the support project strategy. (30%)


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Job Title: Sr Strategic Buyer Job ID: 30200309

Build and maintain Supplier/Contractor relationships with the objective

of reducing costs and eliminating inefficiencies. (15%)

Monitor American Water’s adherence with supplier agreements for an

assigned set of categories and develop improvement plans accordingly.


Collect, collate and report data to support Business Plan calculations

and other Key Performance Indicators.

If assigned to capital projects, assist with project cost estimates to

support planning, budgeting, value engineering, procurement strategy,

change order analysis and overall project cost control. (10%)

Work with internal customers to ensure Service Level Commitments are

met. (5%)


Bachelor's degree in business or related field.

10+ years related experience in the utility industry may be substituted

for degree.



Procurement knowledge sufficient to produce best product/service at

lowest total cost of ownership within required time frames.

Knowledge and experience in procurement environment preferably


water/waste water equipment, material, suppliers.

Knowledge sufficient to analyze capital and commercial business

procurement issues, recommend solutions and implement changes.

Knowledge of supplier environment and sourcing strategies and techniques

for large capital projects.

Knowledge of cost engineering and cost estimating preferably related to

the design and construction of water/wastewater assets.

5 to 7 years procurement experience.

ISO or other Quality Management experience (preferred).

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American Water Works Company, Inc. is United States water and wastewater utility company. The Company provides approximately 15.6 million...