• Purchasing Agent

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    Columbia, MD
  • Overview

    Position Summary:


    The Purchasing Agent is responsible for developing, negotiating, and executing division sourcing agreements for specific spend categories.  In addition, assist director of purchasing with department community timeline and management the department workflow and areas of responsibility within the division.


    Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Ensure Lennar has only the best subcontractors in order to meet its manufacturing needs for their specified spend categories.
    • Ensure Lennar’s subcontractors are continuously improving in the areas of quality, cost, service and delivery performance.
    • Review and comprehend all site development plans and specifications.
    • Research and pre-qualify Subcontractors who can provide cost effective construction, service, and quality.
    • Participate with other Operations team members in selecting qualified bidders.
    • Prepare site development (Area Figures) and model landscape Bid Packages, including Scopes of Work, Payment and Price Schedules, Insurance Requirements, other exhibits, plans and cover letters.
    • Analyze bids for completeness and accuracy. Prepare Bid Comparison and review with management team. Assist in selection of preferred bidder based on competitiveness and ability to fulfill contract requirements.
    • Monitor trade partner performance and assist in efforts to ensure trade partner complies with contract requirements.
    • Resolve specification, scope of work, and plan conflicts.
    • Assist in oversight of BuildPro as it relates to purchasing (Trade Partner Payment System).
    • Update and maintain existing contracts as required.
    • Maintain a positive and professional relationship with all potential and existing trade associates.
    • Coordinate with corporate in maintaining JDE accounting issues related to contracts or trade partner qualifications.
    • Understand the material supply chains of specific spend categories, and implement material sourcing strategies to optimize the flow through the chain.
    • Maintain a thorough understanding of the industry for the specific major category being sourced.
    • Proactively communicate with all applicable associates within division customers.
    • Own the responsibility for improving the division’s cost per sq foot for their specified spend categories.
    • Negotiate and question pricing and legitimacy of EPO’s.
    • Review all extra EPO’s to verify within accordance of approved take-offs, scopes of work, proper reason codes utilized, and work with Expeditor to resolve issues as they arise.
    • Identify areas and trends in extra EPO’s to prevent and to reduce costs.
    • Rationalize the subcontractor base to the best of the best.
    • Ensure continuity of supply and labor to the division’s communities.
    • Review plan, create/revise budgets for multiple new and ongoing communities.
    • Ensure adherence to department policies and procedures.
    • Status updates to Director of Purchasing related to ongoing projects and activities.



    • High school diploma or equivalent required
    • College degree preferred, can substitute additional 4 years of work experience
    • Minimum 2 year’s experience in Purchasing, preferably with a National Home builder
    • Valid drivers license and a good driving record
    • Financial management knowledge
    • Must have sound project management capabilities
    • Must be able to build and use should-cost models
    • Build strong negotiating skills over time.



    This is primarily a sedentary office position which requires the ability to occasionally bend, stoop, reach, lift, move and carry office supplies and materials weighing 25 pounds or less.  Finger dexterity is required to operate computer keyboard, calculator and telephone equipment.  May operate a motor vehicle.



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