Metropolitan Utilities District Buyer in Omaha, Nebraska

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Salary Range:

$68,505 - $85,790

(Based on Experience)




61st & Grover

Omaha, NE




M-F; 1st Shift

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, the Buyer is responsible for the economical procurement of materials, supplies, services, vehicles, equipment and machines required for the continual operation of the District’s water and gas systems and business operations. Within the confines of established policies and procedures of the District and Nebraska state statutes, the Buyer has the authority to solicit bids and quotes, select vendors and place purchase orders.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or related field required. Emphasis of study in Supply Chain Management desired.

  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience as a Buyer or Purchasing Agent or District experience with material management or procurement related functions.

  • Knowledge and experience in the procurement of materials, and supplies used in the natural gas and water industries desired.

  • Strong analytical and confident decision-making skills necessary to assume daily procurement responsibilities which impact people, costs and quality of service.

  • High degree of proficiency with personal computers, tablets and/or other electronic devices to include, but not limited to, enterprise wide software (i.e. SAP) and Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word).

  • Ability to learn new or upgraded computer software as required.

  • Ability to act independently without detailed instructions and meet established work priorities and deadlines, with strong attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.

  • Experience working with computerized purchasing/inventory systems to process requisitions, create purchase orders and manage vendor information in enterprise software (i.e. SAP MM); as well as experience utilizing the internet as a resource to research industrial/corporate products, vendors and fulfil procurement requisitions.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate with vendors, suppliers, contractors and internal customers professionally, regardless of provocation.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to develop and foster effective relationships with both internal and external parties to ensure an uninterrupted and continual supply chain to support District operations.

  • Efficiently and effectively speak, read, comprehend and write English.

  • Work is primarily performed in an office setting amid normal conditions of dust, odors, fumes, office lighting and noise.

  • Have and maintain a valid Driver’s License.

Specific Responsibilities:

In order to effectively contribute to the objectives of the District, the Buyer, is accountable and responsible to:

  • Review requisitions for conformance to established policies, procedures and standards with specific attention to proper approvals, specifications, quantity compared to usage, special instructions, lead times and delivery requirements. Consult with requisitioner and make recommendations where appropriate.

  • Request and receive bids/quotes, evaluate pricing, price extensions, terms, discounts, lead times, specifications and other applicable measures to determine the best overall value to the District prior to selection of vendor. Negotiate price, terms and delivery as to best benefit the District.

  • Create and issue purchase orders to vendors and contractors. Inform requisitioning department of issuance.

  • Research and review industry and market indexes and other applicable resources to make recommendations of purchases and contract extensions to best serve the District.

  • Review, investigate, resolve and report vendor invoice discrepancies as required via enterprise software (i.e. SAP and VIM)

  • Develop and maintain solid and ethical vendor relations and supply sources. Inspect samples, catalogs and internet sites for vendor products and coordinate contact between vendors and interested District parties. Seek out, research and approve potential vendors to assure a solid and viable vendor base.

  • Keep abreast of new products, technology and services. Develop and revise specifications and vendor bid lists for new items in the natural gas and water market place.

  • Create and manage annual contract orders as directed by the Director, Purchasing.

  • Within an established timeframe, review outstanding purchase orders for vendor conformance to lead times and delivery. Resolve problems with vendor performance and expedite orders as required to meet District demands.

  • Inform departments of anticipated price increases, material shortages, strikes, force majeure and other potential impacts to the District’s supply chain and business continuity.

  • Arrange for the sale or disposal of scrap and/or surplus materials.

  • Create and manage maintenance contracts as directed by the Director, Purchasing.

  • Utilize enterprise software (i.e. SAP) to create, manage and maintain vendor profiles.

  • Assist as directed in the coordination of activities within the Department to include, but not limited to, posting of bid invitations, conducting bid openings, processing contracts, releasing materials for contracts and training of department personnel.

  • Handle stresses related to effectively complete the above referenced requirements.

  • Comply with and understand all pertinent District Policies and Procedures.

  • Fulfill responsibilities common to all Supervisory, Professional and Administrative positions as stated.

    An Equal Opportunity Employer: “Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation”