Strategic Buyer - Albany, NY

Albany, NY, US, 12211

Callanan Industries Inc

Job ID:  489434

Callanan Industries Inc., a CRH Company, is a leading supplier of paving materials and construction services in New York State. We provide a complete range of high-quality aggregates, asphalt, ready-mix concrete products, and construction paving services to state, federal, municipal, commercial, and private customers. Callanan has been in business since 1883 and would not have such a long and successful track record were it not for our employees. We consider our employees our greatest strength, and we constantly strive to improve as an employer. We live by the saying, "We Make Safety Our Family Business." Safety is a core value, and employees support one another to promote a culture of safety throughout the company.

Are you ready to start building a rewarding future? Join our team today!

Position Overview

This position is responsible for facilitating the effective ordering of products and services and for ensuring that supply commitments and business needs are met. The Strategic Buyer supports a variety of employees within the organization to clarify needs, evaluate and determine suppliers, place orders and manage ongoing supplier interactions within the local operations.  As needed, the Buyer will coordinate company procurement strategies which are aligned with divisional objectives.


Key Responsibilities

Execute procurement strategies through the use of the sourcing process, as directed

  • Work with field personnel, requestors, and stakeholders to clarify specifications, establish source alternatives, increase standardization, and otherwise increase value related to purchases.
  • Execute the RFP and tactical process including negotiation for smaller categories or locally purchased items. 
  • Leads Procurement Cost Savings Initiatives at Callanan, measuring performance to savings targets. 
  • Ensures products and services are purchased in the most cost- and time-efficient manner, implements and ensures purchasing best practices. 
  • Confirm that strategies are aligned with other business units, regions, and divisions, with particular focus on key company and regional spend categories including indirect goods and business services.
  • Drive adoption of sourced programs, as directed, to maximize value to the company
  • Coordinate the process of obtaining quotes and requests for proposals from potential vendors, as needed.
  • Maintain an understanding of current inventory levels and future demands to assist the business (CAPEX and other projects)
  • Monitor and research order history of similar products and services purchased to evaluate and track differences in costs, delivery, quality, and performance.
  • Be familiar with the supply chain (manufacturing, distribution, delivery, use, service, and disposal) related to the products and services being purchased.


Execute the generation and placing of orders with selected suppliers within the standard process and systems

  • Facilitate the approval process for draft purchase orders, and in certain cases based on factors such as purchase amount and/or complexity, provide subject matter procurement review and approval
  • Place approved purchases with suppliers
  • Expedite and assist with the troubleshooting of orders as needed


Actively support the management of supplier relationships and performance management

  • Work with suppliers and field personnel to improve the quality and / or performance of products and services
  • Work with Strategic Sourcing and the businesses to follow proper contract management practices with key suppliers and support the development of contracts for local vendors, as necessary
  • Assist field personnel and Sourcing to perform tests and demonstrations of products / services to evaluate value, compare results and / or identify alternatives and to ensure that supplier commitments are met
  • Work with Sourcing to track market conditions, pricing trends, and opportunities to maximize purchasing value
  • Support the vendor data management / vendor master maintenance processes through adherence to established payment terms and identifying the need for new or updated data information


Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred with a minimum of 3 years of business, purchasing, operations or related experience. 
  • Experience working with P2P systems, databases / data warehouse applications, ERP systems and / or Microsoft Office applications required.
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or similar certification desired
  • Experience in mining, construction, or manufacturing


Knowledge / Skill Requirements

  • Ability to work effectively with others
  • Ability to innovate
  • High ethical standards
  • Ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks effectively with customer focus and responsiveness
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong negotiation skills and ability to work with suppliers and employees
  • Ability to drive change and sell new concepts and approaches through persistence, self-motivation, energy, tenacity, follow-through, and commitment
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Understanding of procurement’s impact on financial results
  • Physical exam, drug screen and background check required before being employed by Callanan Industries, Inc.
  • Regular and predictable attendance at assigned times is required


What CRH Americas Offers You


  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion
  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs



Compensation & Company Benefits:

  • Competitive Base Salary $70,000-$80,000
  • Annual Bonus Potential
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Prescription
  • $1,000 Referral Bonuses 
  • Profit Sharing
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays
  • 401k with Roth option & Competitive Company Match
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • Short- & Long-Term Disability
  • Opportunities for Internal Mobility
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Company Discounts on products, goods, services, electronics, automotive, travel & more!
  • Opportunities for Community Engagement.


What CRH Offers You


  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • A diverse and inclusive culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion



About CRH


CRH has a long and proud heritage. We are a collection of hundreds of family businesses, regional companies and large enterprises that together form the CRH family. CRH operates in a decentralized, diversified structure that allows you to work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of large international organization.


If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our official employment application. Please complete your online profile and it will be sent to the hiring manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest!


Callanan Industries, Inc., a CRH Company, is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Date:  Dec 2, 2023

Nearest Major Market: Albany

Job Segment: Data Warehouse, Performance Management, ERP, Procurement, Buyer, Technology, Human Resources, Operations