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Purchasing Manager


Phoenix, AZ, US

Requisition ID: 140343 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Department: Procurement 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

The position provides project specific leadership and management for procurement of engineered equipment, subcontracts, professional services, commodities, permanent plant materials, and small tools & supplies.  This position manages assigned purchasing agents, purchasing managers and other purchasing employees interfacing with engineering management, estimating management, design management and site management. Duties also include but are not limited to: negotiating with equipment vendors, material vendors, subcontractors and service providers, while consulting with corporate attorneys and senior management when necessary. 

District Overview

Kiewit Southwest District specializes in heavy civil, transportation and water projects, we typically self-perform a large portion of the work. We self-perform work such as mass grading, drainage, PCCP paving, utilities and more. We are looking for people committed to the construction industry with safety, quality, costs and schedule in mind. 


This position is based out of Phoenix AZ. 


•    Oversee and plan all aspects of purchasing from pre-bid to closeout. 
•    Represent company in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers, subcontractors and professional service providers. 
•    Negotiate commercial terms and conditions with equipment vendors, material vendors, professional service providers and subcontractors; consult with corporate attorneys and senior management to minimize project and corporate risk while maintaining commercial competitiveness.
•    Monitor and oversee execution of the purchasing buy-out. 
•    Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying and/or estimating materials, equipment, subcontract and professional services. 
•    Oversee staff training.
•    Locate and assist in the evaluation and qualification of vendor materials and equipment, subcontractors, and professional service providers.  
•    Process requisitions and prepare purchase orders for supplies and equipment. 
•    Assist in the development and implementation of procurement and contract management instructions, policies and procedures. 
•    Maintain records of goods ordered and received. 
•    Provide feedback to assist in analyzing market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability. 
•    Resolve vendor or contractor grievances and claims. 
•    Review purchase order or subcontractor claims and contracts for conformance to company policy. 
•    Oversee administration of online purchasing systems. 
•    Communicate and enforce purchasing policies & procedures to project team.
•    Provide training to ensure policies and procedures are followed.
•    Responsible for projections, financial planning, expediting, delivery schedules and project purchasing reporting. 
•    Oversee the development and review of all procurement analytics, reporting and deliverables.


•    Proficient in Microsoft Office (Power Point, Word, Excel) with general knowledge of database utilization. SAP experience is a plus
•    Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, supply chain management, construction management or equivalent degree and/or a minimum of five years’ experience in engineering and/or construction or equivalent work/field/military experience. 
•    Knowledge of equipment and materials common in the construction industry
•    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
•    Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
•    Team player with the ability to also work independently to meet fixed deadlines, goals and objectives.
•    Strong leadership and people management skills

Additional Requirements:

  • Absent an approved exemption, due to federal, state, local, provincial and/or client-requirements, this position may require an individual to be fully vaccinated by an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing upon hire and as a condition of continued employment.

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 work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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