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Lead Buyer - 90239986 - Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move Americas workforce toward the future. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority and the success of our railroad is the result of our employees.

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This senior-level position is accountable for cost-effective procurement for assignments that are usually of high complexity. Responsible for transactional procurement activities including supplier onboarding, and processing, executing, managing and expediting Purchase Orders in the ERP system. Additionally, this role supports commodity strategies including supplier performance monitoring, and performing competitive bidding and negotiation, cost/price analysis, and awarding of Purchase orders. This position applies Subject Matter Expert (SME) level knowledge of the ERP system, the Procure-to-Pay process, and business acumen to collaborate with and support stakeholders. This position may be assigned to lead the monitoring and improvement of departmental metrics and cross-functional process improvement initiatives or develop/provide training to other Procurement personnel or stakeholders. This position applies expert knowledge in Federal Procurement Regulations to negotiate contract terms and conditions associated with assigned Purchase Orders or contracts; identifies and analyzes risks and presents alternatives to Procurement management or the Law Department.


  • Provides purchasing services for Amtrak business units, including solicitation, negotiation of Purchase Order pricing, contractual terms and conditions of purchase, performing cost or price analyses, and administration of Purchase Orders upon execution.
  • Serves as a vital interface to business units and management as a recognized Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the procurement function, and responsible for leading and managing procurement projects assigned. Leads the maintenance and improvement of the service level metrics related to Purchase Order transactions and management including creating and running reports, while owning the processing of Purchase Orders of assigned commodities that could be of high volume. Assists business units in finalizing Statements of Work as necessary.
  • Maintains and manages suppliers with focus on total cost improvements while maintaining the highest code of ethics and conduct.
  • Utilizes SME-level knowledge in the ERP system to problem-solve for stakeholders or suppliers. Leads or coordinates with IT, Accounts Payable, Procurement Management, and/or other Procurement/Supply Chain functions to find the best practices on utilizing the ERP system for specific commodity needs as well as overall use. Strategically identifies root causes and opportunities to enhance the system or improve business processes to result in long-term impact to the company.
  • Negotiates complex procurement contracts involving variable costs and non-standard terms and conditions. Possesses expertise in high risk terms and conditions such as indemnification, limitation of liability, and warranty. Prepares and administers Purchase Orders and contracts that are financially and legally sound to ensure enforcement of contractual requirements and Amtraks policies and procedures in concert with Federal Procurement Regulations and/or the Uniform Commercial Code whichever is applicable.
  • Partners with other Procurement and Logistics functions including Planning, Procurement, Business Improvement, and Material Control. Actively looks for opportunities to collaborate on process improvement and provide analytical support as needed.
  • As required, creates and administers training to stakeholders, suppliers, or other Procurement personnel. Assists Procurement management in developing reports and metrics related to Procurement performance.
  • Partners with other Amtrak functions including Law, Accounts Payable, IT, and stakeholders.


  • BS in Business Administration or related field plus 6 years of relevant experience. Or, a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in lieu of a bachelors degree.
  • Must possess SME-level knowledge of procure-to-pay processes, types of procurement contracts, commodity pricing, quality standards, sources of supply (including diversity suppliers), statement of work, negotiation techniques, value analysis and other cost savings methods.
  • SME-level experience in purchasing or materials planning or related fields. [add knowledge of MRP if the position will procure inventory items]
  • Proven track record of SME-level in ERP systems and leadership in improving business processes and delivering measurable results. Experience in developing metrics and reporting associated with procurement performance.
  • Effectively works under a matrix management structure.
  • Ability to analyze and execute strategic options and their direct potentials and indirect impact on the organization. Ability to effectively use common tools such as Microsoft Excel to perform such analyses including the use of intermediate to advanced functions.
  • Must be able to work and communicate effectively in writing and verbally with all levels of the company and suppliers. Able to develop and deliver presentations using common tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Strong expertise in business acumen, financial and analytical acumen, written and verbal communication, presentation skills, and implementation and execution.
  • Subject Matter Expert in ERP system and Procure-to-Pay processes
  • Written and verbal communication skills sufficient to prepare, negotiate and review contracts, bids, proposals and vendor agreements for legal terms/conditions and acceptability of items to specifications. Able to identify risks in contractual terms, perform risk analysis, evaluate all levers that can be utilized in negotiation, and present recommendations with pros and cons for the consideration of management and the Law Department.
  • Self-starter with good analytical skills and common sense to problem solving.
  • Demonstrate ability to learn new tasks, both complex and simple, in order to maintain effectiveness in position.
  • Must be detailed oriented and disciplined to ensure project completion and effective follow-through.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing priorities and high volume of Purchase Orders.
  • Ability to lead cross-functional tasks or project, develop and/or provide training, and mentor junior-level Buyers.


  • BS in Business Administration or related field plus 8 years of relevant experience
  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)
  • High level of experience in [insert specific commodities], market expertise and extensive supplier management skills.
  • Extensive project management and process improvement leadership experience.
  • Experience in SAP/Ariba
  • Experience in Federal Procurement Regulations, such as FAR or 2CFR200.


  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:108101
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Supply Chain & Logistics
Relocation Offered:No
Travel Requirements:Up to 25%

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire. Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation. Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.

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Posted: 2022-05-04 Expires: 2022-06-03

Amtrak, the national rail operator, connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day — at speeds up to 150 mph — to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak is the operator of choice for state-supported corridor services in 17 states and for four commuter rail agencies.

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