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Strategic Buyer - Columbus, OH

Columbus, OH, US, 43207

The Shelly Company


Job ID:  401100


The Shelly Company, a CRH company, is a vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, asphalt, ready mix concrete and paving services throughout the state of Ohio. Our commitment to quality drives us to use the most modern, efficient and environmentally friendly technology in our industry. The Shelly Company is known throughout the industry for innovation, quality and for our commitment to safety.


Position Overview

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

Key Responsibilities (Essential Duties and Functions)

The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

    • Drive strategic sourcing initiatives
    • Work with field personnel, requestors, and stakeholders to clarify specifications, establish source alternatives, increase standardization, and otherwise increase value related to purchases
    • Ensure that strategies are aligned with other business units/regions/divisions, with particular focus on key company / regional spend categories including indirect goods and business services.
    • Engage and support Category Management team as directed
    • Support Strategic Sourcing Manager directives
    • Self-motivated and ability to work independently to discover cost savings and execute on opportunities
    • Be aware of and drive adoption of sourced programs, as directed, to maximize value to the company
    • Coordinate the process of obtaining quotes and/or requests for proposals from potential vendors, as needed
    • Maintain an understanding of current inventory levels and future demands to assist the business
    • Monitor/research order history of similar products and services purchased to evaluate/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
    • Support efforts to identify and evaluate new/alternative suppliers which meet the business requirements
    • Work with suppliers and Sourcing to ensure that accurate product/service information is being communicated on orders including pricing, availability, part numbers and delivery.
    • Arrange for the proper transportation and/or storage of the purchased products, if needed and not otherwise determined
    • 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
    • Provide, and encourage other users to provide, feedback regarding supplier performance through participation in surveys and the use of Supplier Corrective Action Reports (SCARs), as needed
    • 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 / company-specific 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
    • Auditing of savings projects within Ariba to identify missed opportunities


Other Requirements:

  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving the organization's goals and objectives.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • 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.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks effectively with a focus on timeliness and responsiveness.
  • 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.
  • Display a professional and courteous attitude to co-workers, supervisors, and the public always.
  • Must be willing to travel and work away from home when required.
  • Must be willing to work nights and weekends when necessary.
  • Report to the assigned job site ready to begin work at the designated start time.
  • Strict adherence to safety requirements and procedures as outlined in the Manual of Safety Practices and Procedures.
  • Strict adherence to Shelly Company policies and procedures as outlined in the Company Book of Policies.
  • Willingness to work in a team environment and assist co-workers or supervisors with other duties as required. 
  • Timely and regular attendance is an expectation of performance for all Shelly Company employees. Employees will be held accountable for adhering to their workplace schedule.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.


Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree 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.  Experience with procurement tools, processes, and systems.  Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or similar certification desired.  Experience in mining, construction or manufacturing would be beneficial


Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively to customers or employees of organization.


Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Physical Requirements


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee occasionally is required to climb or balance.  The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.


The employee must regularly lift and/or move more than 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.


Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to wet, humid condition airborne particles, and extreme heat or cold. 


The noise level in the work environment is usually very quiet but may require protective equipment when exposed to high levels of noise.


The statements included in this job description are not intended to be all-inclusive.  They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.  Other duties may be assigned as required.  Requirements for this job are subject to modification by the Company and its designees, and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


What CRH Offers You


  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • A 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!


The Shelly Company, a CRH Company, is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.


EOE/Vet/Disability--If you want to know more, please click on this link




Date Posted:  May 2, 2022

Nearest Major Market: Columbus

Job Segment: Procurement, Warehouse, Supply, ERP, Data Management, Operations, Manufacturing, Technology, Data