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Buyer at Missouri American Water in St. Louis, Missouri

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Missouri American Water, part of the American Water family, remains steadfast in our commitment to keeping our communities informed as we work to deliver clean, safe and reliable water, committed to protecting the environment, and to finding ways to use our most precious resource wisely.


If you enjoy working in a fast paced environment with variety in your workday and have a commitment to safety, inclusion and diversity, consider joining our Supply Chain team as a Buyer.




Primary Role

The buyer position manages the sourcing of goods, services, and projects while continuously identifying and implementing opportunities to lower total cost of ownership. Activities include participating in cross functional project teams and executing sourcing strategies.

Key Accountabilities

  • Prepare, assist and develop bid packages, statement of work documents, and requests (RFP/RFI) according to specifications and business requirements, especially pertaining to Construction, Engineering and Service oriented projects.

  • Develop and execute sourcing strategies from project identification through close-out including alternative sourcing options.

  • Assemble and execute construction and maintenance contracts with legal assistance. Establish and maintain productive relationships with Engineering Center of Excellence and Operations management.

  • Support business with all commercial needs including dispute resolution, contract interpretation, and contract execution.

  • Analyze project specific detail on relevant costs related to projects such as labor, material, equipment, and overheads to facilitate sourcing decisions.

  • Build and maintain Supplier/Contractor relationships with the objective of reducing total costs, increasing productivity, and eliminating inefficiencies in the supply chain.

  • Measure compliance to and effectiveness of unit-cost and other framework agreements

  • Support Company risk management objectives in areas such as safety, insurance requirements, and supplier depth.

  • Support Supplier Diversity strategies


  • Analytical problem solving skills to produce best product/service at lowest total cost of ownership within required time frames.

  • Business acumen to analyze commercial business, procurement issues and risk management issues with continuous improvement mindset.

  • Knowledge of sourcing strategies, contracts and methodologies related to service and construction procurement.

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in written presentation form.

  • Ability work in a collaborative team environment within Supply Chain and stakeholders.

  • Knowledge of SAP and Coupa (Preferred)

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office Products

  • Knowledge and ability to utilize e procurement tools effectively

  • Individual Contributor


  • Minimum 4 years’ total work experience. Minimum 2 years’ experience in procurement or in category management.

  • Identify and recommend sustainability options to the business.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, Finance, Engineering or related disciplines or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) or CPM a plus

  • Must possess a valid state (of residence) driver’s license.


Travel Requirements

10% travel (will include some overnights)


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Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states.  To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit


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American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.