Senior Buyer in Pascagoula, MS at GPAC

Date Posted: 9/15/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Job Title: Senior Buyer

Department: Purchasing

Reports To: Director of Materials

Location: Marinette, WI

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree (BS) in a business curriculum preferred, and five (5) years' experiences in marine joiner work procurement or ten (10 years) experience in procurement.


This position is accountable for subcontracting (defined as turnkey labor and materials), international procurement as well as purchase of domestic materials that are considered high spend. Procurement must be consistent with quality, job specifications and drawings and adherent to project schedules. This position is responsible to reduce the cost of materials through source selection and negotiation. All business affairs are to be conducted in an ethical, courteous, and professional manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepares Requests for Quotation for Materials and Subcontracts.
  • Reviews and analyzes quotations received in reply to RFQs.
  • Negotiates pricing and prepares for review by Director of Materials prior to award.
  • Creates, issues, and performs Purchase Order maintenance using the USJ business information system.
  • Reviews Purchase Order acknowledgements for contract formation issues, and if any, addresses them appropriately.
  • Resolve discrepancies between suppliers and USJ, including quality (yard concerns) and invoicing issues.
  • Operate within the program budget for subcontract work and assigned purchase product lines.
  • Supports USJ New Work Proposal efforts by obtaining potential project specific pricing for subcontract work and assigned purchase product lines. Maintains pricing information in the departments quote file.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has limited supervisory responsibilities, primarily in absence of Director of Materials


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Customer Service - Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of purchasing and contract formation and administration practices.
  • Product knowledge of marine joiner materials.
  • Knowledge of domestic and international sourcing, foreign currency trends and US Customs

and importation practices.

  • Effective communication skills with a wide range of personalities, both internal and external to

the organization.

  • Effective negotiating skills
  • Ability to gather and analyze data and make competent decisions.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel and Outlook) and Sage MAS500

business information system.

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Distance vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, age, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable laws or regulations.

GPAC (Growing People and Companies) is an award-winning search firm specializing in placing quality professionals within multiple industries across the United States for the past 31 years. We are extremely competitive, client-focused and realize that our value is in our ability to deliver the right solutions at the right time.