Purchasing Agent - CA - Wildomar
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Purchasing Agent
CA - Wildomar

KB Home, a Fortune 1000 NYSE company and one of America's premier homebuilders, has an immediate employment opportunity available. The Company operates in 10 states across the nation from California to Florida.

KB Home is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilding companies in the United States. Since its founding in 1957, the company has built more than half a million quality homes. KB Home's unique homebuilding approach lets each buyer customize their new home from lot location to floor plan and design features. As a leader in utilizing state-of-the-art sustainable building practices, all KB homes are highly energy efficient and meet strict ENERGY STAR® guidelines. This helps to lower monthly utility costs for homeowners, which the company demonstrates with its proprietary KB Home Energy Performance Guide® (EPG®). KB Home has been named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award winner for five straight years and a WaterSense© Partner of the Year for four consecutive years.

JOB SUMMARY:  Manage the day-to-day community level purchasing task, including the following: Bidding - accurately and thoroughly bid and contract communities so the best market costs are received, accurate budgets are reported and maintained. Contracting - ensure all contracts, job start and other purchasing items are accurate, thorough, completed and distributed by the scheduled due dates.  Interact with appropriate internal and external personnel to clearly and thoroughly communicate proper standards and expectations and respond to and resolve any concerns.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Bidding/Negotiating of New Communities:
* Create and Set-up new community to bid in the Vendor Database. Send out Bid Invites via email to interested vendors; Create Spec Level & Scopes of work and coordinate plans.
* Research and respond to questions from bidders Via email and/or phone calls
* Pull bids from Bid program-KBolt, merge bids to include base and options into Excel and format.
* Compile lowest bids and create a budget template in Excel
* Conduct effective negotiations to achieve desired results on both base house options per division goals/business plan/management directive.
* Coordinate with the National Accounting and Purchasing Admin to execute contracts and enter budgets into the J.D. Edwards AS/4
Maintaining active communities:      
* Maintain direct communication with Internal Departments (Operations, Centralized Purchasing, Forward Planning) and External Vendors to provide direction on contracts, scopes of work, and production schedules. Will provide status reports to all parties.
* Respond to calls/emails from production regarding contracts, plans, misc. questions, etc.
* Respond to calls/emails from subcontractors regarding contracts, field concerns, etc.                                              
* Prepare contract change requests for review and approval by Director of Purchasing and VP of Finance. 
* Coordinate with Superintendents, Architects and Subcontractors the scheduling of model frame-walks and field meetings (as necessary). 
* Set up, maintain and protect all documents on Vendor Database Share Point to include plans, sub lists, community information and documentation, etc. Ensure accuracy, update as necessary and ensure everything is current.
Work with Internal Employees and External Subcontractors: 
* Purchasing Manager & Director of Purchasing (daily) - communicate work progress and any outstanding issues. 
* Options Manager (daily) - communicate work progress and any outstanding issues with new and active communities. 
* Forward Planning (as needed) - coordinate plan changes from production to consultants on new and active communities. Communicate outstanding issues where Purchasing and Forward Planning interface.
* Centralized Purchasing Administration (daily) - provide support for all issues relating to subcontractor's contracts. 
* Production Department (daily) - provide support for any concerns regarding subcontractor, scopes and contracts.
* Subcontractors (daily) - provide support regarding questions or concerns with contracts, scopes, production.
 
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: 
* High School Diploma or GED required. Accounting, Business and/or Construction Management degree is preferred but not necessary
* Purchasing Agent: Residential Construction knowledge or experience. Residential Purchasing and Contracting preferred. 3+ years of progressive experience with material and/or trade partner procurement, preferably in the homebuilding field 
* General knowledge of residential construction and the components needed to construct single family and multi-family homes
* Ability to maintain the highest Ethical behavior 
* Interact with all levels of internal and external customers in a professional and supportive manner
* Self-motivated and able to work in a collectively responsible team environment
* Ability to stay organized and manages priorities in an efficient manner
* Possess strong negotiation skills and experience and the ability to negotiate contracts that will support the division needs
* Need to have the skills required to analyze direct cost to maintain or improve budgets
* Proficient in using MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook {mandatory}, AS/400 experience preferred
* Exceptional communication skills necessary, both written and verbal; detail oriented with good follow-up and follow-thru skills
* Good people and problem solving skills required   
* Display a cooperative attitude at all times
* Must have strong mathematical and statistical aptitude




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!

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