Sr Purchasing Agent or Purchasing Manager - CA - Bay Area
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Sr Purchasing Agent or Purchasing Manager
CA - Bay Area

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.

KB Home is adding a Sr Purchasing Agent or Purchasing Manager (based on skills and qualifications) 

Sr. Purchasing Agent

JOB SUMMARY:  Works independently on day-to-day community level purchasing responsibilities including the bidding and negotiating and awarding of contracts with various vendors and/or trade partners.  Serves as the Lead and provides guidance to other Purchasing Agents.   Interacts with appropriate internal and external personnel to clearly and thoroughly communicate proper standards and expectations and responds to and resolves concerns.

Describe the duty/responsibility
Bidding/Negotiating of New Communities:
• Understand and drive the bidding process including bidding new projects and negotiating with all trades.
• Serve as the Lead for Purchasing Agents.
• Manages the process for obtaining Spec Levels, Scopes of Work and coordination of plan, including making changes to SOWs and obtaining signatures.
• Research and respond to questions from bidders.
• Compile lowest bids and create a budget template in Excel.
• Partner with Director of Purchasing in negotiating base house contracts with vendors per division goals/business plans.
• Analyze competing bids, and make recommendations on contract awards.
• Organize and Archive bid submittals and all relevant documentation created in bid process.
• Manage the monthly budget updates.
• Work independently in all aspects of residential purchasing.
Manage Active Communities / Communication     
• Troubleshoot & resolve purchasing issues that arise during the build process to ensure production moves forward.
• Partner with Director of Purchasing with various monthly reports including open commitment reports, duplicate commitment reports, and FPO reports.
Contract Management
• Create and set-up new communities going out to bid in SharePoint.
• Coordinate with the CPA to execute contracts and enter budgets into the J.D. Edwards AS/400.
• Prepare contract change requests for review and approval by Director of Purchasing.

Purchasing Manager

JOB Summary: 
Provide supervision and leadership for functions relative to the Purchasing department and any other needs of the division that relate or influenced by the Purchasing team.  Considered to be a key facilitator to both internal and external customers as it relates to subject matter relative to the purchasing scope of work.  

Management of all purchasing tasks: trade partner management; contracting, bidding, negotiating, approval and processing.
• Resolve subcontractor/supplier/production issues
• Budget analysis/review
• Participate in development of product specifications
• Maintain online bidding systems including KBTPO and Buzzsaw
• Manage builder rebate programs with vendors
• Assist in payment issues with trade partners
Facilitate the needs of all departments and employees relative to the Purchasing function:
• Support internal customers – Studio, Production/Operations, Land, Sales
• Interact with NAPA to track and collect rebates, review and approve subcontract agreements
• Interact with National Purchasing to provide requested feedback.
• Interaction with Management, provide timely updates on current projects and areas that are in need of attention.
• Facilitate resolution to obstacles experienced in the field relative to trade performance or contracts.
Performance Management – Recruit, staff, train and retain purchasing agents or administrators through proper coaching and performance management on purchasing metrics. Identify performance gaps and offer solutions to narrow the gap. Ensure all required training is complete, performance reviews are conducted and bench players are placed on active Development Plans.Develop and implement purchasing policies and procedures
Manage approval process for starts, contract changes, field purchase orders
• Represent the SW region to the National Contracts/Purchasing department
• Assist with WRAP insurance rate renewals
• Provide direct cost estimates for proposed land acquisition
• Ensure compliance with Energy Star, code updates, EPG


  Bachelors Degree and/or applicable work experience in related field.

Minimum of 4-6 years of Purchasing experience in the Real Estate or Homebuilding industry. 
Minimum 2 years of management experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

• Must have a general knowledge of residential construction and the components required 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.
• Ability to provide leadership and direction to direct reports that falls within company expectations and direction.
• Must possess the skills and abilities to offer support to management as needed or requested.
• Interact with all levels of internal and external customers in a professional and supportive manner.

Work Requirements

Computer skills in Word, Excel, and Outlook (AS400 preferred)
Ability to maintain ethical behavior at all times
Periodic travel will be required
Need to be able to work a full work day with additional time after hours if needed.

Set up, maintain and protect all documents on SharePoint to include plans, sub lists, community information and documentation. Ensure accuracy, update as necessary and ensure everything is current.


High School Diploma or GED required, or equivalent skills and knowledge.
Bachelor’s Degree is strongly preferred.  (Accounting, Business and/or Construction Management a plus)

• Minimum of 5 years of prior purchasing/negotiation experience in residential home building.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

• Thorough understanding of the residential construction process and knowledge of the materials involved.
• Strong organizational skills; able to handle multiple deadlines and create functional systems for managing data.
• Action oriented, with the drive to push projects to successful closure.
• Strong ability to work within a team setting, inclusive of other’s ideas.
• Strong verbal and written communication, with the ability to take complex concepts and communicate succinctly and accurately.
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Suite (at least intermediate level).
• Advanced Excel Skills required.
• Strong technical and analytical skills.

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!