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Purchasing Agent

Company: KB Homes
Location: Durham
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

About KB Home

KB Home is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilders in the United States and has built over 650,000 quality homes in our more than 60-year history. Today, KB Home operates in 45 markets from coast to coast. What sets KB Home apart is the exceptional personalization we offer our homebuyers from those buying their first home to experienced buyers allowing them to make their home uniquely their own, at a price that fits their budget. As the leader in energy-efficient homebuilding, KB Home was the first builder to make every home it builds ENERGY STAR - certified, a standard of energy performance achieved by fewer than 10% of new homes in America, and has built more ENERGY STAR certified homes than any other builder. An energy-efficient KB home helps lower the cost of ownership and is designed to be healthier, more comfortable and better for the environment than new homes without certification. We build strong, personal relationships with our customers so they have a real partner in the homebuying process. As a result, we have the distinction of being the #1 customer-ranked national homebuilder in third-party buyer satisfaction surveys. Build your career with KB Home. Learn more.

JOB SUMMARY: A Purchasing Agent conducts the following purchasing procedures: bid evaluation, negotiation between vendors, contractor selection, and contract documentation. This position manages all contracts, work orders, purchase orders and expense controls, with the ultimate goal of securing the best value at a fair and reasonable cost.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Purchasing Process

Responsible for implementing the purchasing process:

* Establish material take-off's and cost estimates
* Evaluate subcontractors
* Request and review all bids
* Conduct effective negotiations to achieve desired results
* Strive for regulation of fair and reasonable contracts
* Make final decision and deliver professional contract awards
* Facilitate documentation of bids
* Ensure contract administration process flows efficiently

Process Improvement

* Aggressively streamline the labor and material supply chain with the construction team
* Seek out and eliminate waste in processes, materials and pricing
* Leverage national contracts and other economies of scale for division use

New Product Plans

* Manage new plan maintenance and development with KB Architecture

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education

* High School Diploma required
* Associate or Bachelor's Degree preferred in Business, Accounting, Communications, or related field.

Experience

* 3+ years of progressive experience with material and/or trade partner procurement
* Prior real estate experience, preferably in the homebuilding field preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

* General knowledge of residential construction and the components needed to construct single family and multi-family homes.
* Need to have the skills required to analyze direct cost to maintain or improve budgets.
* Must be able to multi task and meet deadlines, high level of organization required.
* Need to possess strong communication and problem solving skills with the ability to negotiate contracts that will support the division needs.
* Display a cooperative attitude at all times.
* Must have strong mathematical and statistical aptitude.
* Interact with all levels of internal and external customers in a professional and supportive manner.
* Effective communication skills, both written and verbal
* Strong experience in using various computerized systems, including MSOffice
* AS400 System Experience preferred

Find out why KB Home is attracting and retaining the best employees! If you are interested and qualified, please apply now. KB Home provides above average compensation packages and earnings potential, full benefits, an outstanding 401K matching program, bonus plans and amazing promotional opportunities. KB Home is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse work team. Diversity is important to KB Home!

Keywords: KB Homes, Durham , Purchasing Agent, Sales , Durham, North Carolina

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