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Purchasing Manager - Portland, OR

Portland, OR, US, 97203

Ash Grove Cement Company



Job ID:  181300


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 the Midwest, Texas and Western United States. When you work for Ash Grove, you are connecting to something bigger. Join our team and help Ash Grove build America.


Position Overview


Administers and supervises purchasing and inventory control activities for the plant including supplies and materials needed for plant operations. Uses independent judgment in performing duties. Works from general policies and objectives. Refers to supervisor when clarification or interpretation of organizational policy is needed. 


Key Responsibilities (Essential Duties and Functions)


  • Supervises and executes the purchase of supplies and materials required for plant operations and to maintain a specified level of inventory in the storeroom.
  • Collaborates with other department managers to discuss material and other supply requirements. Conducts purchasing activities so as to meet those requirements.
  • Review & correct problematic invoices.
  • Process and submit purchase orders for filing; monitor status of open purchase orders.
  • Negotiate with vendors to achieve cost effective purchasing transactions while maximizing quality, customer service and desired delivery times.
  • Manage inventory and equipment in the Bentley database to ensure part numbers are accurate and inventory records are updated.
  • Manage the verification and approval process to include receiving reports and matching invoices.
  • Maintains updated records of daily purchasing activities through Bentley software.
  • Actively participates in plant programs and meetings.
  • Responsible for managing the Purchasing process per the MEP (Maintenance Excellence Process) guidelines
  • Monitor service vendors’ contractual and insurance requirements to meet company established compliance levels through BROWZ.
  • Prepares reports regarding purchasing activities as requested by corporate and plant management.
  • Ensures that purchase orders are signed and authorized by required personnel.
  • Management of invoices and transactions to prevent the occurrence of RNI (Received Not Invoiced) outside the normal transaction lead-time.
  • Mandate and ensure that plant purchasing policies are followed for both procurement and inventory management.
  • Provides support and training for the Accounts Payable clerk where applicable


Other Requirements



  • Proficient in English written and verbal communication skills 
  • Effective negotiation skills 
  • Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision making skills 
  • Excellent organizational skills 
  • Ability to work within tight timeframes and meet strict deadlines 
  • Ability to lead/manage others 
  • Knowledge of accounting and purchasing policies, current state tax codes, procedures and laws pertaining to the Uniform Commercial Code, transportation policies and practices, vendor relationships, and general accounting practices. 
  • Proficient in Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), preferred Bentley software experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft office suite, with superior expertise in Excel and Word. 




  • 5 or more years of experience in purchasing in a similar position at an industrial manufacturer or in a related industry 


Licenses and Certifications


  • Other C.P.M., CPIM or CPSM (Preferred)




  • Bachelor's Degree in business or a related field. 


About CRH Americas


CRH Americas has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the CRH Americas family. CRH Americas operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.


CRH Americas is a great place to grow! 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 career site. Please complete your online profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest in the CRH Americas family!


Ash Grove Cement is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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