Buyer - Solar Job LocationsUS-MN-MinneapolisJob ID 2019-5571 # of Openings 1 Category Preconstruction Overview Company Overview: Mortenson s success is not a matter of luck; it s a result of our ingenuity, expertise, and exceptional people coupled with our unparalleled focus on customer service. Our foundation and culture are based upon our values of trust, safety, teamwork, responsibility, service and stewardship. We are inspired by a compelling purpose to build structures and facilities for the advancement of modern society and a mission to create an extraordinary customer experience. Mortenson has built a reputation for being a leader in our industry and in the communities in which we live and work. It all starts with our extraordinary people and collaborative teams. Mortenson has been voted a "best place to work" over 40 times since 2002 What are you waiting for? The Big Picture: Mortenson is currently hiring a Buyer to be responsible for working with project teams and suppliers to purchase materials, supplies, equipment, and services. Strong communication skills are necessary as you will interact with a variety of staff in an ever-changing environment. Your ability to remain flexible, inventive, dedicated, and efficient with a high level of integrity and confidentiality is vital to your success in this role. Responsibilities What will you be doing? Develop relationships with suppliers: solicit bids, analyze quotations, interview prospective suppliers, and select suppliers Purchase items and services at the most favorable price consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements, and other factors Craft and maintain catalogs for each supported operating group Propose purchase transactions that higher authority approve prior to final action Analyze individual markets, manage budget and increase margin on a regular basis, track trends in purchasing habits Arrange returns for unacceptable products to suppliers Track order status from time of placing order until delivery and communicate status to project teams Enter purchase orders, retain contact with suppliers to ensure delivery of material on a timely basis Visit job sites or offices quarterly at a minimum to better understand their challenges and educate them on procurement to ensure the implementation of streamlined processes Carry out special projects as assigned Qualifications How do you succeed? Minimum of 2 years experience in purchasing field Knowledge of construction processes, equipment and materials, purchasing processes and procedures Distribution experience preferred Negotiating, organizing, planning, verbal and communication skills Strong customer service and analytical skills Proficient in Microsoft office Oracle experience preferred Current driver's license Open to change based on diverse input and feedback Effectively work with those of diverse backgrounds Adaptive, effective communication and active listening skills Strong cross-cultural relationship building and influencing at all organizational levels Education: Bachelor's degree in business, supply chain management, construction management or equivalent combinations of technical training and/or related experience Mortenson is an EOE/Affirmative Action/M/F/Veteran/Disabled employer.