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Purchasing Agent III - Kiewit Equipment Services


Omaha, NE, US

Requisition ID: 131567 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Equipment Services 

Department: Procurement 

Market: Corporate Home Office 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

This role specializes in providing comprehensive procurement services for our equipment teams and projects across the construction and engineering industries in multiple markets, including transportation; water/wastewater; power; oil, gas and chemical; building; and mining.  Our key objectives are to offer customers a world-class service focused on ensuring equipment is consistently estimated and procured at the right price. We strive to offer an appropriate level of quality and ensure materials and services are delivered on schedule and in compliance with the customer’s specifications and expectations. 

District Overview

Kiewit Equipment Services (KES) helps to ensure the profitability of Kiewit projects through the improved equipment utilization and mechanical reliability by delivering world-class equipment and service.


This position will be based out of our Corporate Headquarters in Omaha, NE.   


•     Procure “best value” equipment at the lowest possible cost while meeting specifications and delivery requirements.
•     Purchase orders will be written to follow a standard, this enables spend analytics, master data integrity and risk mitigation.
•    Evaluate and monitor vendor performance to ensure compliance with obligations and determine needs for changes.
•    Research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities and the supplier’s reputation and history.
•     Leverage vendors across multiple markets to create cost savings to project(s) and the company.
•    Monitor shipments to ensure goods come in on time and resolve problems related to undelivered goods.
•      Prepare/Issue Request for Proposals (RFP’s) and evaluate vendor proposals to identify vendors who meet project constraints of budget and schedule at the estimating, execution and project site levels.
•     Facilitate implementation of strategic sourcing plan with preferred suppliers to meet estimated delivery time frame.
•     Produce and review performance metrics to drive change management solutions within KES.

•    Participate in KES procurement technology and solutions roadmap. Also, provide training and business requirements to end users.
•    Negotiate commercial terms and conditions with equipment vendors and professional service providers; consult with corporate attorneys and senior management to minimize project and corporate risk while maintaining commercial competitiveness.
•    Coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying and/or estimating equipment, and professional services. 
•    Maintain records of all contractual documentation.
•    Adherence of online purchasing and contract management systems. 
•    Participate in the development and review of all procurement analytics, reporting and deliverables.
•    Confer with staff, users and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or service and determine corrective action.
•    Interface with business, legal, risk, tax, suppliers and internal procurement departments.


 •   Proficient in Microsoft Office (Power Point, Word, Excel).
•    SAP and/or GEP Experience a plus.
•    Bachelor’s degree in construction management, business, engineer, supply chain management, or equivalent degree and/or a minimum of 5 years’ experience in construction, business or equivalent work/field. 
•    Knowledge of equipment and materials common in Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects.
•    Detail-oriented, flexible and highly motivated with a strong work ethic and professional demeanor.
•    Effective time management and organizational skills.
•    Ability to perform multiple tasks efficiently and accurately.
•    Team player with the ability to also work independently to meet fixed deadlines, goals and objectives.
•    Thorough understanding of all areas of procurement is desirable, including procurement execution, estimating, expediting, offsite supplier quality and site purchasing.
•     Highly motivated, with a demonstrated passion for excellence and taking initiative.
•     Demonstrated commitment to ethics and integrity.
•     Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
•     Strong organization, time management, and attention to detail .
•    Ability to travel and relocate as needed.


Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
•    May work at various different locations and conditions may vary.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

Nearest Major Market: Omaha
Nearest Secondary Market: Council Bluffs

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