Purchasing Manager

TX - Houston

Posting Date


Report to

Operations Manager

FLSA Status


Business Unit


Close Date

open until filled

Get ready to grow with us!

Northwest Pipe Company is the nation’s leading manufacturer of water infrastructure products and with over 50 years of experience, we’re just getting started! Our business is growing, and we’re looking for great people to grow with us. We’re immediately seeking a Purchasing Manager to join our ParkUSA team in Houston, TX.

We Offer
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D Insurance
  • Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Sick Time
  • 401k Retirement Savings Plan with Employer Match
  • Bonus Potential (2x per year)
  • Up to $5,000 per year Tuition Reimbursement
  • Safety Footwear and Eyewear Voucher (Day 1 of Employment)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Opportunities for Career Advancement
  • Values-Driven Culture Committed to Diversity, Inclusion, and Safety
Our Values
  • Accountability is evident when we do what we say we are going to do and people accept responsibility for their actions. We do not point fingers and blame others. We own our actions.
  • Commitment is not only promising to do something, but actually investing in the necessary effort and actions to make it happen.
  • Teamwork is essential for competing in a challenging and constantly changing business environment. Working together across all job functions is critical to achieving our success.


About the Job

Responsible for implementing and following purchasing processes and strategies that aim to Supply Chain integration through our ERP system. Manage the purchase of direct materials for production planning, warehousing, and shipping/receiving while also overseeing these departments. Responsible for supplier negotiations involving pricing, quality, and lead time. Support production and Sales.

Essential Functions & Major Responsibilities
  • Develop and implement strategic sourcing plans.
  • Negotiates contracts, prices and delivery times that support the company goals.
  • Ensure appropriate and efficient delivery of goods to meet production requirements.
  • Develop strong relationships and partnerships with key suppliers for direct and indirect materials.
  • Drive continuous improvement through the supply base for cost, quality, delivery, lead-time, and service.
  • Recommend and continually improve, develop, and implement purchasing strategies and procedures.
  • Recommend and continually improve, develop, and implement inventory control strategies and procedures.
  • Communicate Supply Chain issues and changes with appropriate personnel.
  • Prepare analysis and presentation materials as needed.
  • Develop metrics to define effectiveness of procurement function.
  • Establish benchmarking tools to compare against similar businesses.
  • Manages appropriate inventory levels for safety stock, mins, and maxes.
  • Collects and analyzes market conditions to assess present and future material availability and costs.
  • Verifies requisitions with MRP to ensure need of orders and inventory levels.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

To perform the duties and responsibilities of this position successfully, individuals must demonstrate:

  • Basic math skills: Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide and percentages
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of manager, clients, customers and the general public.
  • Possess the ability to effectively work with varying personality styles and maintain a sense of humor.
  • Highly detail oriented.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardizations exist.
  • Agility and able to change directions easily and professionally.
  • Intermediate skills working with computers and software packages such as, Outlook, Word, Excel, SAP.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing with clarity and professionalism.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects.

The Procurement Manager must be a self-starter, highly motivated, eager to learn fast and efficiently and proactively seek opportunities to add value to the organization, both individually and as a team player. Should be able to work with cross-functional teams and in projects set by upper management.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, Material Management, Supply Chain Management, or related field
  • 10+ years Procurement Experience
  • Strong negotiation and leadership skills
  • Solid and ethical judgement along with decision making skills.
  • Previous Management Experience preferred
  • Experience in dealing with inventory in a manufacturing industry.
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Intermediate proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Knowledge of governmental and regulatory standards and issues
  • Knowledge of pipe, valves, and fittings a plus
  • Experience using SAP in a manufacturing environment preferred
  • Knowledge of the water management industry i.e. Stormwater, wastewater, process water, etc. are a plus.


Full list of anticipated physical demands for this position and detail on our work environment is available on our application portal. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Our organization maintains a drug-free workplace. Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successful passing of a drug test and background check.

Northwest Pipe Company is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Northwest Pipe Company reserves the right to close the position, with or without notice, if a qualified candidate is identified prior to the close date.

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