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Purchasing Agent - Overland Park, KS (Contract)

Overland Park, KS, US, 66210

Cement Division Corporate



Job ID:  400842


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH company, provides portland and masonry cements to help build the foundation and infrastructure for the world around us.  We ship millions of tons of cement from our plants and network of terminals located across North America. When you work for Ash Grove, you are connecting to something bigger. Join our team and help Ash Grove build America.


Job Summary


This is a skilled position requiring the employee to perform a variety of tasks pertaining to the purchasing department including but not limited to providing support with finding and purchasing products for a company to use or resell, locate suppliers, research goods, services and materials, process purchase orders and other office support functions.


Key Responsibilities (Essential Duties and Functions)


  • Support procurement activities in an office setting
  • Assist the development of budgets, schedules, and procurement plans to meet project goals and objectives
  • Prepare and support multiple tenders and contract packages for capital projects 
  • Monitor bid packages, engineering deliverables, and shipments of goods to meet the time requirements for project demands and resolve issues related to undelivered goods
  • Interface with business, accounting, legal, risk, tax, suppliers, and internal procurement departments
  • Evaluate suppliers by considering departments laid down criteria like price, quality, availability etc.
  • Interview vendors and visiting suppliers’ facilities to learn about products, services and pricing
  • Negotiate contracts with vendors and suppliers to obtain the best deals on behalf of the company
  • Verify purchases and recommend alternatives for expensive or irrelevant products
  • Perform other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor or upper management




  • Basic knowledge of procurement, including procurement execution, estimating, expediting, and site purchasing
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel)
  • Highly motivated, with a demonstrated passion for excellence and taking initiative
  • Strong work ethic, willingness to do what it takes to get the job done right the first time
  • Demonstrated commitment to ethics and integrity
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Team player with the ability to work independently to meet deadlines, goals, and objectives
  • Strong organization, time management, and attention to details





  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, supply chain management, construction management or related experience
  • Minimum of a year procurement experience or 4 years of combination of school and experience
  • Basic knowledge of truck terminology and equipment





  • Negotiation skills
  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs.
  • Teamwork - Contributes to building a positive team spirit. Judgment - Exhibits sound and accurate judgment.
  • Planning/Organizing - Uses time efficiently.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance.
  • Ability for limited travel as needed

Physical Requirements


  • Typical office setting.


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!


Ash Grove Cement, 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:  Apr 26, 2022

Nearest Major Market: Overland Park
Nearest Secondary Market: Kansas City

Job Segment: Engineer, Procurement, Supply, Buyer, Supply Chain Manager, Engineering, Operations