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Senior Purchasing Specialist

Company: Bechtel
Location: Richland
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Requisition ID: 248584

Requisition Posting End Date: 01/20/2022

Project Overview:

Bechtel is designing, constructing and commissioning the world's largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state. The Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant will use vitrification technology to process and solidify 56 million gallons (210 million liters) of radioactive and chemical waste stored at the Hanford site, which is a byproduct of plutonium production during World War II and the Cold War era.

The project is the largest undertaking of its kind and one of DOE's most technically challenging cleanup projects. Its construction spans 65 acres (26 hectares) with four major nuclear facilities - Pretreatment, Low-Activity Waste Vitrification, High-Level Waste Vitrification and Analytical Laboratory - as well as operations and maintenance buildings, utilities, other support facilities.

The Waste Treatment Completion Company (WTCC) is a limited liability corporation created by Bechtel National Inc. (BNI) and Amentum. WTCC is a subcontractor to BNI, the prime contractor, to deliver the construction, turnover, startup, and commissioning activities for the WTP project.

This position may be located at the Construction Site (22 miles north of Richland) and works a 4 x 10 schedule, M-Th, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Selected applicant needs to be able and willing to work weekends as needed.


Performs procurement duties by formulating, awarding and administering moderately to large complex purchasing agreements; procurement strategy, including bidder prequalification, compiling bidder lists, bid solicitation preparation, bid analysis, negotiation and commitment of purchasing agreements. Performs administration of purchase orders following commitments involving high monetary expenditure or risk, engineered technical specifications, or supplementary commercial conditions, and potential follow-on services for supplier support of troubleshooting of for start-up or commissioning. Negotiates with suppliers/subcontractors to obtain settlement and prepares change order and amendment documentation.


A. Supervision Received

* Reports to and receives operational direction from the Purchasing Supervisor.
* Receives functional guidance from the global business unit Purchasing Manager.
* At jobsite locations, reports to and receives operational direction from the Project Field Procurement Manager.

B. Supervision Exercised


C. Contacts

* Maintains working relationships with project Procurement personnel and project discipline personnel in order to perform assigned duties.
* Maintains working relationships with those bidders and suppliers/subcontractors involved with the performance of assigned tasks.
* Maintains contacts with global business unit personnel, including functional supervisors, to maintain an awareness of the performance and operating problems of contractors on other Bechtel jobs, and to coordinate the development of problem resolutions, of claims settlements, and other contractual matters.


1. Reviews and develops other commercial and technical data prepared by Engineering, Construction, Finance, Traffic & Logistics, Insurance, Tax and other procurement functional groups and inputs suitable terminology into pro-forma documents.

2. May provide input in the development of project purchasing procedures.

3. Prepares, maintains and monitors project bidders lists, ensuring input is received from all procurement/project functions and other operational groups.

4. Participates in the planning, work hour calculations, budgeting and other related activities in projecting purchasing staffing requirements for projects.

5. Reviews international project commercial conditions of purchasing to ensure purchasing pro-forma terms, conditions and procedures are compatible with applicable Bechtel Directives, Instructions and Procurement Procedures.

6. Forms, issues, and administers purchasing agreements or service agreements related to procured materials and equipment. Communicates with suppliers/subcontractors to achieve required service and to meet project needs. Communicates with Engineering to assist and/or guide them in the preparation of material requisitions.

7. Prepares and organizes assigned Procurement sponsored meetings.

8. Directs negotiations in the commitment of purchases, following review and approval of the proposed negotiating plan by the designated supervisor.

9. Provides training and guidance to other purchasing personnel regarding all aspects of formation and administration of purchasing forms, procedures, and buying goods.

10. Assists project Procurement team when instructed in solving and attending to administrative problems on commitments involving high monetary expenditure or risk, engineered technical specifications or supplemental commercial conditions. Monitors billing for compliance.


* Preferred, but not required, previous experience working on the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant.
* Proficiency and experience in the formation and administration of purchasing agreements and service agreements.
* Proficiency in all phases of procurement including knowledge of and skill in communicating effectively with suppliers/subcontractors, bidder prequalification, preparation of bidders lists, compilation of bid requests, knowledge of Uniform Commercial Code or applicable commercial legislation, negotiation of contracted terms and conditions, and award of commitments.
* Proficiency in the administration of commitments, monitoring supplier/subcontractor performance, backcharge procedures, and the resolution of claims and disputes.
* Skilled in working with and communicating effectively both orally and in writing with other project functional groups, primarily Engineering, Construction, Project Management and other services.
* Solid knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations, and applicable Agency Supplements.
* Solid understanding of Governmental Contracts and the flow-down of applicable clauses and requirements.
* Solid understanding of Cost Accounting Standards, and determination process for applicability to the work.
* Knowledge of international commercial conditions of buying as well as international suppliers.


Basic Qualifications:

* Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of six years progressive related experience including but not limited to Procurement and Contracts preferably in an engineering, procurement, and construction environment. In lieu of formal degree a minimum of twelve years of progressive related experience including but not limited to Procurement and Contracts preferably in an engineering, procurement, and construction environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

* Possess the legal right to work and remain in the United States without sponsorship.
* Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, physical (if located at the construction site), and background check which includes verification of employment and education.
* Must be able to obtain a Department of Energy badge for access to the Hanford Site.
* Good written and verbal communication skills.
* Knowledge of standard computer applications such as Microsoft Office.

Bechtel's internal staffing policy includes the minimum time that you need to be in your current position before applying to a new position. Please refer to the applicable policy manual and ensure you meet the minimum requirements.

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we've completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

In accordance with Bechtel's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which may include a vaccination or testing requirement. Please speak with your Bechtel recruiter to determine which protocols apply to the work location for the job you are seeking.

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