Fast paced & frequently changing policies
Procurement Agent/Estimator (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 10, 2019
A typical day was receiving a need from one of the properties, finding three different vendors/subcontractors to bid on the work, scrutinize their estimates to make sure they were apples to apples, present the cost to the owner for his budget, present that budget to the vendor/sub, negotiate cost, obtain approval for the cost, issue the purchase order, schedule the work, ensure the work was complete and satisfactory, and then approve the invoice.
I learned procurement, how to read plans, how to issue purchase orders and approve invoices, ensure job completion/satisfaction, and how to vet out and set up new vendors and subcontractors.
My direct supervisor was great. He would always check in to see if we had any issues and, if so, he would give direction on how to handle them.
We had several meetings per week, many of which had food catered. The owner is very generous and would raffle off prizes at our weekly management meeting.
The most difficult part of the job was the lack of communication between departments and more often than not two people would be working on the same task without knowing.
Building relationships with the vendors and subcontractors.
Lack of communication between departments & no training