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Purchasing Supervisor

Date: Nov 16, 2022

Location: Birmingham, AL, US, 35222

Company: Birmingham Water Works

Job Information

Job Title:  Purchasing Supervisor                                  Department: Purchasing

Reporting Relationship: Purchasing Manager             FLSA Status:  Exempt

Grade: 42

Hours: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am until 4:30 pm

Salary: $35.02(72,841.60 - $103,771.20) - $49.89

General Responsibilities

To facilitate the purchasing of goods & services required for departments to perform their assigned tasks to deliver customers the quality water to which they expect.  Monitor & administer extended agreements that best economically serve the Board.  Assist co-workers with Purchasing issues related to the performance of their jobs.  Seek & develop new vendors & sources of supply. Prepare & administer Requests for Quote, Requests for Proposal, & Invitations to Bid for goods & services as assigned by Purchasing Manager.

***Please Note: due to limited spacing all elements of the position are not listed under the essential job functions.  A complete and detailed job description will be provided at the time of interviews.*** 

Essential Job Functions

  1. Review & approve purchase order placement of Senior Buyer & Purchasing Coordinator for accuracy & optimum delivery and pricing.
  2. Review purchase orders and contracts for compliance to company policy.
  3. Assist Purchasing Manager with formulation of departmental budget & other issues that may arise.
  4. Actively manage & monitor annual budget for purchasing department.
  5. Develop & implement purchasing & contract management instructions, policies, & procedures.
  6. Prepare bid specs & carry out purchases & implementation of purchases
  7. Meet with vendors to negotiate improved pricing, product quality, & delivery.

Essential Job Functions Con't

  1. Review, evaluate, & approve specifications for issuing & awarding bids to suppliers through the Request for Quotation, Request for Proposal, & Invitation to Bid process.
  2. Work with other depts. & other Purchasing personnel to sell off old equipment such as vehicles, furniture, equipment, etc. on BWWB approved website.
  3. Conducts meetings, prepares & presents reports, & provides information to identify purchasing requirements, establish budgets & perform vendor evaluations.
  4. Coordinate main campus departmental moves & renovations, employee relocations & maintaining    storage building with other Purchasing personnel.
  5. Conduct weekly inspections of buildings located on the main campus common areas & grounds.
  6. Assist other depts. with SAP processes, procedures, and operational issues.
  7. Participate in on-going training to maintain proficiency in Purchasing & related duties.
  8. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.  Ensure all Organizational policies and guidelines are adhered to and administered correctly, including the HR Management Guide, Employee Handbook, reviewing and approving timesheets, expense reports, complying with applicable employment laws, purchasing guidelines, bid law, etc.

Essential Job Functions Con't

  1. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  2. Champion, model, and administer a performance-oriented culture by demonstrating strong leadership and people development skills.  Seek to develop and monitor key performance measurements and develop / support a work environment that develops, recognizes, holds accountable, and rewards talent to support employee engagement and meet current and future workforce needs.
  3. Responsible for demonstrating the Organization’s Core Values and using performance management principles to continuously improve the department and organization's effectiveness, efficiency, products, and services. This includes, but is not limited to, participating on improvement teams, recommending, and implementing improvement ideas, and participating in training and other activities to keep up to date on processes, information, etc.
  4. Champion and ensure the administration of safe work practices and operations.
  5. Maintains and protects sensitive and private information by keeping employee records confidential in accordance with HIPAA, local, state, and federal laws, and regulations.
  6. Perform all work safely in accordance with established safety policies and procedures. Comply with all safety and health standards and guidelines issued by management.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related field required.


Six years of purchasing experience required.  Must have knowledge of the Alabama State Bid Law & other governing rules.  Must have experience formulating budgets.  Must have good interpersonal skills, good verbal and written communication skills, and organizational skills. Proficient Microsoft Office skills and experience using a Purchasing ERP or related system (SAP preferred). Strong leadership skills. Three (3) years of supervisory related experience (e.g. such as in a team leader role). For internal candidates the successful completion of the following BWW leadership development programs may be counted towards the required supervisory experience:

  • Pre-Supervisory Program (STAR) = one year of supervisory experience
  • Succession Planning Program = one year of supervisory


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Valid Driver’s License

NIGCP Certification within 18 months



Directly: 4-6

Physical Demands

Ability to stand, walk or sit for extended periods of time

Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction

Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard

Communication skills using the spoken word

Ability to see within normal parameters

Ability to hear within normal range

Ability to move about

Work Enviroment

Moderate Noise (Business Office)

Occasionally visit job sites, in plants or outdoors, exposed to extreme hot/cold and or wet weather conditions.

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham