Advanced Purchasing Agent



McAlister Design Incorporated is seeking an experienced purchasing agent to join our growing organization. In this position, you will work directly with our Project Teams, assuring that procurement activities meet or exceed project quality, delivery and cost. Additional responsibility includes; managing vendors, sourcing equipment, material, components and services. You will create budgets, perform strategic procurement activities across multiple categories of spend, search for cost reduction opportunities, and find more profitable suppliers.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, lead, and execute purchasing strategies

  • Negotiate price and delivery of all purchases for the company

  • Generate and distribute accurate purchase orders and house budgets

  • Track and report key functional metrics to reduce expenses and improve effectiveness

  • Craft negotiation strategies and close deals with optimal terms

  • Monitor and forecast price and market trends to identify changes of balance in buyer-supplier power

  • Monitor and forecast upcoming levels of demand

  • Perform cost and scenario analysis and benchmarking

  • Assess, manage, and mitigate risks

  • Establish standard operating procedures for purchasing; monitor the effectiveness of procedures; revise and improve purchasing processes

  • Seek and partner with reliable vendors and suppliers

  • Determine quantity and timing of deliveries

  • Exercise discretion and judgment

  • Draft, review contracts, and modify terms and conditions; express ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in written form


Requirements and Qualifications:

  • AS or BS degree in supply chain management, logistics, or business administration

  • Need some experience with technical purchasing

  • Experience with machined parts

  • Experience with fabricated parts

  • Experience with plating of machined parts

  • Experience with power coating and painting of industrial machinery

  • CPPO, Certified Purchasing Manager, Certified Contract Negotiator, CPPB, or other advanced certification in procurement and/or contract administration required

  • 3+ years’ experience in the procurement of materials/equipment/supplies and the development and review of contracts

  • Proven working experience as purchasing agent

  • Familiarity with sourcing and vendor management

  • Interest in market dynamics along with a keen business sense

  • Skilled at negotiation and networking

  • Working experience of vendor management software

  • Ability to gather and analyze data and to work with figures

  • Solid judgement and sound decision-making skills

McAlister Design is conveniently located near down town Greenville and offers a competitive benefit package including medical, disability, life insurance and 401k. This is an excellent opportunity to take part with a leader in Custom Automated Machinery and Robotics design. Please visit us at


McAlister Design Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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