Sr. Purchasing Agent

Ashton Woods Homes - Alpharetta, GA3.7

Ashton Woods is more than just a homebuilder. We are blazing new trails in design, personalization and possibilities so we can build homes that reflect the unique people who live in them. The result is a homebuilding experience that is more personal, more collaborative, and more empowering than our homebuyers ever could have imagined. One that constantly pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in homebuilding.

From the sale of our first home in 1989 to being recognized as Builder of the Year by Builder & Developer Magazine in 2017, Ashton Woods is a builder positioned for the future. With the financial strength and management expertise required of next generation builders, we deliver what savvy homebuyers seek in a new home: high design, high quality and a high level of personalization in prime locations. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Ashton Woods sells new homes in Atlanta, Austin, Charleston, Dallas, Houston, Naples, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Antonio, Sarasota and Tampa.

Position Profile:
Responsible for determining cost estimates for homes from development through construction phases, including standard upgrade options. Recruit, Develop, and Negotiate contracts with new vendor trade partners as well as effectively manage current trade partners. Responsible for negotiating construction labor and material contracts. Senior Purchasing Agent will be the point person on special projects as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities: (Included but not limited to)

Create and revise, as needed, the Trade Partner Scope of Work, reports, and redline worksheets for new projects/product and plans.
Plan and execute project specific or annual bidding process with auditing compliance, per cost type.
Reconcile contract options as needed.
Develop subdivision bid comparison spreadsheets and bid books, per project.
Confirm accuracy on turnkey bids by performing unit pricing takeoffs and comparisons, per responsible cost type.
Coordinate w/engineers to incorporate value engineering concepts into the design and construction of the homes.
Attend project manager meetings as needed to answer questions about takeoffs or Engineering issues, prevent misuse of materials and eliminate variances.
Assist Director of Purchasing in review of budgets for monthly pricing adjustments.
Review and correct takeoffs required by Problem Area Reports (PAR), field contact, frame walks, and variance purchase orders as they relate to bids and estimates.
Utilize DB standards and processes as it relates to takeoffs, job costing, and layers.
Responsible for escalated invoices relating to estimating errors and budget changes.
Responsible for escalated problems with purchase orders.
Maintain invite-to-bid, bid awards, preferred and potential trade partner documents.
Field questions from construction staff regarding change orders, purchase orders, plan errors and clarifications.
After Director of Purchasing’s review, enter lot specific (MLOT) budgets for new projects within assigned period of time as defined by manager, including MLOT budget adjustments submitted by builders. Reconcile MLOT invoices as needed.
Walk houses under construction looking for cost savings and material usage opportunities.
Continually challenge and validate existing take offs to ensure variance objectives are met.
Other duties as assigned, including Energy Programs, Rebates, and Code Compliance.

Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Construction, Production/Operations Management, Engineering or related field preferred.

Skills and Knowledge:
Knowledgeable about the construction industry, including construction costs, building codes, materials, products, methods and procedures.
Ability to read blueprints, construction drawings and addendums.
Must be able to use word processing, e-mail, spreadsheets, presentation (PowerPoint), and database software for advanced internal and external communications.
Creation of reports, presentations and database maintenance.
Ability to review, analyze and interpret information as well as trouble-shoot to solve problems.
Knowledge of business English and ability to communicate effectively and professionally with both internal and external customers both orally and in writing.
Ability to multi-task and prioritize several tasks without compromising quality of work or mission deadlines.
Ability to adapt in a changing workplace.
Computer literacy, proficiency with Outlook, Excel, Word, Power Point and ability to learn new programs as needed.
Proven organization skills in a high paced work environment.
Skilled at complex negotiations.

Commercial construction background preferred.
5-7 years progressive experience in purchasing.
Minimum two years of direct field experience in home-building.