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American Water Buyer in Naperville, Illinois

/Diversity of backgrounds, ideas, thoughts, and experiences is vital to our culture and the way we do business. Creating an environment where differences are embraced and where every person feels engaged and included makes us safer, stronger, and more successful./ With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Primary Role The Buyer will source, dispatch, create and expedite orders for any type of services or good from approved suppliers at the best possible cost, while meeting company’s policies and guidelines as well as requirements of quality, reliability of source and urgency of need as determined by the business unit. The role will also create basic contracts, contract documents, RFI’s, RFP’s, bid evaluations, conduct negotiations and issue contracts and contract documents for materials and services and support with the strategic sourcing. This role provides as a key resource to building and maintaining our diverse supplier relationships. This role will require the ability to work with many areas within the company. Key Accountabilities * Source requisitions and dispatch purchase orders. Support and manage open purchase orders for accuracy and timeliness. * Manage the month end processes. Assist with Inventory related processes as needed. * Support and manage purchasing reports( running reports, working and resolving open transactions or issues within the reports or because of the report). * Select preferred suppliers that provide the most economical while delivering quality standards and specifications of purchased services and goods. * Build effective and valued partnerships with both external suppliers and internal customers at all levels. * Maintain day to day workload promptly and efficiently and demonstrates the ability to incorporate tasks and projects as needed. * Follow up on open items and any issues, timely and consistently to ensure accuracy and closure. * Resolve any issues that arise by applying knowledge of both departmental and company processes. * Supports business units with all inquiries and requests for requisitions, purchase orders, contracts, contract documents, and standard operating procedures. * Provide resolution to issues and demonstrate ability to make sound and appropriate decisions both independently and working with others. * Contributes to the development of new processes and enhancing current process to achieve optimal results and efficiencies. * Provide training, mentoring, guidance and supervision for different areas, departments and individuals on processes, tasks and projects. Knowledge/Skills * Well organized with strong attention to detail; effective written and verbal communication skills. * Ability multitask and to work in fast paced, quickly changing environment and push projects forward to completion. * Ability to work independently and under different levels of supervision both with reporting manager as well as other levels of management across the company. * Time management skills. * Display a positive attitude and behavior in all aspects of working collaboratively with all areas of the business; all levels of leadership and outside vendors, * Procurement and negotiation knolwedge. Passionate about delivering consistent excellence. * Demonstrates a sense of urgency for solving problems and gets the work done in the most efficient manner. * MS Office proficiency; Excel and Word. * Purchasing/Inventory management and processing . Knowledge of HVAC industry.Oracle eBS Purchasing and Inventory. Experience/Education * One -three years’ experience in Purchasing/Inventory * 3-5 year’ experience in Purchasing/Inventory is preferred. * HVAC industry experience is preferred. * Associates degree OR equivalent work experience required. * Bachelor’s Degree in related area/focus is preferred. Travel Requirements 10 – 35%. The incumbent may be required to travel. Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights. Certifications and Licenes Professional procurement or supply chain certification (Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP), Certified Professional Supply Management (CPSM) or other) is preferred. Competencies Collaborates Champions safety Cultivates innovation Customer obsessed Drives Results Nimble learning * Join American Water...We Keep Life Flowing™ * American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.