Siemens Careers

Buying Professional

Houston, Texas
SCM-Procurement / Logistics & ECC

English (US)

Job Description

Division: Power and Gas
Business Unit: Dresser-Rand
Requisition Number: 232634
Primary Location: United States-Texas-Houston
Assignment Category: Full-time regular
Experience Level: Mid level
Education Required Level: Bachelor's Degree
Travel Required: 10%

Division Description:

Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationally for more than 165 years. As a global technology company, Siemens is rigorously leveraging the advantages that this setup provides. To tap business opportunities in both new and established markets, the Company is organized in eight Divisions: Power and Gas, Power Generation Services, Energy Management, Building Technologies, Mobility, Digital Factory, Process Industries and Drives, and Financial Services. Siemens sets the standard for excellence in power generation, transmission and distribution, and provides innovative customer solutions – from utilities, to industrial space, to oil and gas companies. Siemens’ portfolio includes power plants and power-generating equipment, turbines for use as mechanical drives, compressors for industrial applications, power transmission and distribution systems, smart grid applications, and related instrumentation and control systems. For more information, please visit:

Job Description:

Experienced Technical Buyer
 Do you have a demonstrated experience in exercising initiative and independent judgment?
 Is your specialty in sourcing, supplier development and negotiating?
 If you answered yes, please read on to review the overview of the Experienced Technical Buyer position!
Siemens is looking for a Experienced Technical Buyer to join the team in our Houston, Texas location. The Experienced Technical Buyer will be involved in negotiating and procuring projects related to engineered equipment and specialized commodities of a complex nature (valves, instrumentation, gearboxes, pumps, piping, etc.), as specified by engineering. The incumbent will resolve problems or conflicts between suppliers and project requirements.  The role would be a great fit for someone with experience in sourcing, supplier development, contracts and purchasing policy and procedure.
Ideal candidates will be able to identify and develop new suppliers and assist the Quality team in supplier assessments and approvals. There will also be the opportunity to collaborate on special projects as they arise in support of the purchasing function.
  • Analyzes departmental purchase requisitions for completeness and accuracy of information. 
  • Contacts department or initiator to clarify and complete required information. 
  • Determines best method needed to process requisition such as bid, request for proposal, or blanket contract.
  • Prepares complex requests for quote and contacts vendors for bid / proposals.
  • Evaluates bids received; issues purchase orders; prepares and monitors contracts, outlining performance standards, tolerances, warranties, and maintenance requirements.
  • Prepares purchase orders, develops schedules, and expedites material to maintain on-time delivery to project.
  • Performs key purchasing duties including bid tab creation, supplier development, and review of material pricing trends.
  • Negotiates contracts and bid proposals
  • Documents and advises Project Manager and / or Procurement Manager of potential changes with supplier orders or schedules.
  • Updates and issues addendums to reflect changes on purchase orders.
  • Investigates and develops new / potential sources of supplies.
  • Interprets purchasing procedures to departments and suppliers, as a specialist in assigned material categories, which require a high degree of technical knowledge.
  • Understands and applies Siemens and departmental policies, industry codes, and regulations governing purchasing activities and the awarding of contracts.
  • Assists in the production of training materials, reports or presentations.
  • May act as a team lead in the activities of others within the department.
 Required Knowledge / Skills, Education and Experience:
  • At least 3-5 years of experience in experience in buying tagged / engineering project components for a large EPC or manufacturing organization.
  • BS/BA Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering or related field
  • Excellent communication skills in order to effectively interact with manufacturing, engineering, and suppliers.
  • Ability to understand / interpret technical specifications for OEM and engineered components
  • Understanding and proficiency in the theory and practices of purchasing, including ethics, standards, bid preparation and evaluation, competitive bidding procedures, and quality control.
  • Background in data collection techniques for establishing sources of supply, product, and vendor information.
  • General understanding of market research techniques, contract law, accounting and budgetary controls.
  • Understanding of Lean Manufacturing and / or Six Sigma training;
  • Competency with computer applications used in business, such as spreadsheet, data base, word processing software, etc.
  • Experience in sourcing from Low Cost Countries (LCC).
  • Qualified Applicants must be legally authorized for employment in the United States. Qualified Applicants will not require employer sponsored work authorization now or in the future for employment in the United States.
Preferred Knowledge / Skills, Education and Experience:
  • Possession of a CPSM® certificate or equivalent certification is preferred
  • Proven expertise using SAP or equivalent business system is also preferred
Why Siemens?
  • Competitive compensation.
  • Excellent health, vision, and dental plans with many options from which to choose.
  • All employees receive Life Insurance, Short, and Long Term Disability coverage.
  • 401k match dollar for dollar up to 6% of gross salary.
  • Education reimbursement programs available.
  • Extensive product training and professional career development.

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