The RequirementsTo meet the basic qualifications for this role you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship.
To be a good fit for the Purchasing Representative role, you also should have:
- A bachelor's degree and 2-5 years of purchasing experience; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Deep knowledge and experience with the some or all of the types of items being ordered – station equipment, electrical and mechanical components, piping, and construction materials.
- Solid hands-on experience in cradle-to-grave project-based procurement, including expertise in the procurement of both low-volume, high-value assets and high-volume commodity items.
- Experience in coordination of logistics and supporting RFP development, proposal evaluation, and bid analysis.
- Solid sourcing and negotiation skills.
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Robust attention to detail and a track record of accuracy.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and strong Excel skills (formulas, pivot tables, VLOOKUP, etc.). Ability to quickly learn new software/systems.
- Strong and effective communication and documentation skills with the ability to work across departments and levels.
- The ability to handle multiple priorities and to work in a fast-paced environment, while at the same time making sound decisions.
- The ability to work with autonomy and as part of the team and perform under deadline pressure.
- Professional certification such as CPM.
- Working knowledge of procurement systems within integrated ERP or WMS systems, ideally Microsoft 365 ERP.
- Project-based procurement experience.
The RoleOpportunity Overview
Reporting to the Supply Chain Manager, as Purchasing Representative, you will be the 5th member of a strong procurement team including a senior, mid-level and newer member, as well as an IT team member focused on systems integration. Currently, workflow is primarily project-based, however, we’re actively cross-training and moving toward more of a shared services paradigm. We have built a significant natural gas infrastructure with 800+ stations, and as new system builds decrease, shared services will increase.
You will support new station builds and existing station needs, supporting the sites and technicians who service them. New builds can require highly complex low-volume, high-asset procurement, while other needs, such as supporting technicians across all station sites, will require high-volume procurement skills. Across your projects, you will support cradle to grave procurement, from specs through sourcing and vendor selection, to pricing, production and delivery. You will:
- Execute purchasing of equipment, parts, materials and tools required to build and operate LNG or CNG fueling stations or landfill gas processing facilities.
- Plan requirements and fill purchase requests and generate purchase orders for warehouse, supply houses and service vehicles as required.
- Assist in sourcing project as assigned by management.
- Assist Construction and Operations in compiling information and records to prepare purchase orders for procurement of materials; keep records of items purchased or transferred between departments, prices, deliveries, and inventories
- Utilize the operating system’s MRP granule to ensure proper inventory levels in the central warehouse, remote warehouses and service vehicles.
- Adhere to proper buying procedures and controls to ensure strict compliance with procurement contracts and agreements. This will include creating purchase orders and coordinating logistics.
- Compare prices, specifications, and delivery dates and place orders with new and existing suppliers.
- Work closely with suppliers and sub/contractors to meet requirements relating to deadlines and quality; work with the appropriate internal stakeholders to minimize or avoid material impact on the total project goals.
- Assess and control project spend to realize cost savings opportunities. Basic understanding of job cost accounting.
- Measure, assess and control supplier performance to anticipate and resolve potential delay of project milestones or project cost escalation.
- Prepare invitation of bid forms and send to the appropriate suppliers.
- Plan for items that have a long lead time, such as major capital equipment, parts for electrical controls, instrumentation, transmitters etc.
More Good ReasonsAutonomy and support
We'll give you the elbow room you need to succeed, but you'll also have support from the Supply Chain Manager and other team members. In fact, we all support one another and are cross-training to do so. You're bound to add new skills and knowledge to your skill-set.
Clean Energy has the right solutions at the right time, as more and more organizations are exploring alternative fuel vehicles and solutions. For instance, in November 2017 Clean Energy won a contract with Dallas Fort Worth International to provide the airport's fleets with Redeem™ renewable natural gas. Redeem is the first renewable and commercially available vehicle fuel made entirely from 100% organic waste. The use of RNG has the potential to reduce DFW fleet emissions by approximately 70%.
Compelling value proposition
You probably already knew that natural gas burns much more cleanly than gasoline and diesel, producing significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions. Clean Energy helps companies and public organizations meet aggressive environmental goals. But natural gas fuel is cheaper, domestically abundant, and it works. And using natural gas reduces America's dependence on foreign oil. You can feel proud knowing your efforts support
Proven strong leadership
You will join a team of accomplished, seasoned professionals at Clean Energy, led by Andrew Littlefair. Mr. Littlefair served as President of Pickens Fuel Corp (PFC), predecessor company of Clean Energy, which he co-founded in 1997 with Boone Pickens and was Staff Assistant to then President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Presidential Advance from 1983 to 1987.
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and other insurances, a 401(k) plan with discretionary company match, paid time off and more.
Pictured: Clean Energy maintains two liquid natural gas (LNG) production and storage facilities, as well as a fleet of specialized trucks to deliver fuel around the country. Shown here is the California Plant, which was built to produce up to 160,000 gallons of LNG per day, and was designed to be upgraded to produce up to 240,000 gallons of LNG per day. The plant has a 1.5-million-gallon LNG storage tank for reserves.
Keys to SuccessIt goes without saying that you’ll have to have outstanding purchasing, planning and analysis skills, but no matter how strong your professional skills are, you won’t find success without the soft skills needed to fit our culture and environment. Flexibility, initiative, a commitment to quality and timeliness, as well as the ability to build strong relationships will be critical.
You should be able to thrive in a dynamic, fast-moving and sometimes challenging environment -- we have a high-value inventory including 10-15,000 parts, If you’re most comfortable in an environment where maintenance is the order of the day and you can always rely on your routine, you will not enjoy working at Clean Energy. However, if you’re adaptable, able to wear multiple hats, and like the challenge of building and making a noticeable impact through your own efforts, you’ll have the opportunity to grow and advance here. There will be clear KPIs (i.e. dollars saved, inventory, deadline adherence, etc.) to measure performance, but your ability to work with contacts inside and outside the team will also inform success.
In addition, to be an outstanding Purchasing Representative, you will be:
- A self-motivated, self-starter who cares about your role and the success of the department and company.
- An outstanding communicator able to build relationships and work effectively up and down the chain of command.
- Committed to meeting deadlines every time.
- Passionate about quality and service.
- Flexible and adaptable; able to thrive in a fast-paced, continually evolving environment.
- A persistent, solutions-oriented, problem-solver.
- Constantly seeking improvements.
- Able to work individually and as a strong team member.
- Make thoughtful, informed decisions.
About UsTaking the Lead in Clean-air Transportation
Clean Energy has a broad customer base in the solid waste, transit, ports, shuttle, taxi, trucking, airport and municipal fleet markets. We have the most experience in inventing and manufacturing today's natural gas technologies. We develop, manufacture, supply, install and service the equipment at natural gas stations across North America.
Clean Energy owns and operates LNG plants and renewable processing facilities, producing CNG, LNG and Redeem (RNG) fuels for our own stations and our clients' stations. Our network of over 550 LNG and CNG fueling stations ensures fleets are powered for both short routes across town and long hauls across North America. Our stations are fueling service vehicles at 37+ major airports, and our strategically located truck-friendly CNG and LNG fueling stations, the network we call America's Natural Gas Highway™, are designed to keep heavy duty fleets fueled up and on the road.
The Clean Energy vision extends beyond servicing the high fuel-use requirements of fleet operators. We are committed to helping businesses access the measurable advantages of clean-fuel solutions. Simultaneously, we are committed to protecting our environment as the leader in clean-air transportation. Clean Energy has proven that business and environmental goals can indeed find common ground, with mutually profitable results. Our vision and efforts have received recognition and awards from business and environmental organizations alike.