OldCastle River Bend Sand & Gravel Purchasing Agent in Ocala, Florida

Job ID: [[95405]]

River Bend Sand & Gravel, a member of the Oldcastle Materials Northwest Division family, values a culture of growth, development, and internal promotion. We are a dynamic, growth-oriented, national aggregate, asphalt, concrete, and construction family of companies. For over 80 years, we have worked to be the preferred source of quality rock products, concrete, asphalt paving, and construction services. We have been recognized by numerous organizations for our commitment to safety, customer service, and innovation.

We are creating a team of highly skilled people working safely to build long-term relationships with our customers and communities. Integrity, superior quality and exceptional service will continue to be the foundation of our future.

Position Summary

This position is a key resource within the division for facilitating the effective ordering of products and services and for ensuring that supply commitments and business needs are met. The Purchasing Agent supports a variety of employees within the organization. This role will help to clarify needs, evaluate and assist with determining suppliers, generate and place orders, and manage ongoing supplier interactions within the local operations.

Essential Job Function/Requirements

Coordinate the identification and evaluation of the most effective means of purchasing and the best sources for particular product or service expenditures.

-Work with field personnel, requestors and stakeholders to clarify specifications, establish source alternatives, increase standardization and otherwise increase value related to an order

-Be aware of and drive adoption of sourced programs as directed, to maximize value to the company

-Facilitate the process of obtaining quotes and / or bids from potential suppliers, if necessary

-Maintain an understanding of current inventory levels and future demands to assist the business

-Research order history of similar products and services purchased to evaluate differences in costs, delivery, quality and performance

-Understand the local supply chain (manufacturing, distribution, delivery, use, service and disposal) related to the products and services being purchased

-Conduct research and support efforts to identify and evaluate new/alternative suppliers which meet the business requirements

Execute the generation and placing of orders with selected suppliers within the standard process and systems.

-Prepare draft purchase orders within the P2P system which accurately capture the business requirements and leverage existing programs and / or supplier relationships

-Work with suppliers and Sourcing to ensure that accurate product / service information is being communicated on orders including pricing, availability, part numbers and delivery

-Facilitate the approval of draft purchase orders

-Arrange for the proper transportation of the purcahsed products if needed, and not otherwise determined

-Place approved purchases with suppliers

  • Expedite and assist with the troubleshooting of orders as needed

Support OMG’s supplier management and evaluation efforts to ensure that supplier commitments are met and to identify opportunities for improvement.

-Provide, and encourage 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

-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 committments are met


Associates degree or related experience required with a minimum of 3 years of business, purchasing, operations or related experience.

Experience working with databases / data warehouse applications, ERP systems and / or Microsoft Office applications required.

Experience with procurement tools, processes and systems would be beneficial

Experience in mining, construction or manufacturing would be beneficial

Knowledge/Skill Requirements

Demonstrated commitment to achieving the organizations goals and objectives

Ability to work effectively with others

High ethical standards

Strong analytical and problem solving skills

Strong negotiating skills and the ability to work with suppliers

Ability to perform multiple tasks effectively with a focus on timeliness and responsiveness

Capable of utilizing the internet effectively for research and evaluation

Ability to assist change and sell new concepts and approaches

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Understanding of procurement's impact on financial results

What Oldcastle Offers You

  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development and internal promotion

  • Highly competitive base pay

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs

  • Group retirement savings program

  • Health and wellness programs

About Oldcastle

Oldcastle 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 Oldcastle family. Oldcastle operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.

Oldcastle 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! Please complete your online application and profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Thank you for your interest in the Oldcastle family!

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River Bend Sand & Gravel is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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