Buyer/Planner Senior

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Date: Jun 17, 2022

Location: Phoenix, AZ, US

Company: SRP

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.

Job Brief

The Buyer/Planner creates, manages, and administers purchase orders and subsequent modifications (purchase order revisions) consistent with internal clients’ needs, inventory requirements and procurement policies/procedures.  The position is responsible for executing purchase orders for stock coded materials, direct charge purchases and services based on departmental guidelines (monetary thresholds).  Buyer/Planners are responsible for ensuring appropriate inventory quantities (levels) of stock-coded material at designated warehouses necessary to support SRP’s operations, which include engineering, maintenance, construction and indirect support functions.

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the creation and maintenance of purchase orders utilizing requisitions received from internal clients or requisitioning systems.  Includes preparation and submittal of bids or request for proposals (RFP’s) when necessary; evaluation of quotes; placing purchase orders; determining freight carriers; and expediting shipments.  These activities are limited to standard stock-coded purchases and one-time, direct charge, goods purchases.  Also includes releasing purchase orders from complex agreements created by Contract Analysts.
  • Review requisitions for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with existing policies and procedures; ensure all material requests are received and processed for action in a timely manner; edit requisitions and confer with departments regarding requirements, specifications, quantity and quality of merchandise; and determine delivery requirements. 
  • Determine replenishment quantities and inventory stocking levels for maintenance, repair and operating supplies (MRO).   Maintain associated planning system parameters based on this information (update order points/order quantities).
  • Advise and assist internal clients in obtaining proper materials specifications, quantity, and delivery method.
  • Assist with obtaining and maintaining information on suppliers' service, quality, sustainability and other performance metrics for use when making future purchasing decisions. Work with internal clients and Contract Analysts to resolve issues with suppliers as they arise.
  • Participate in continuous effort to improve personal skills, operations, decrease turnaround times, increase inventory turns ratios, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.


College level coursework (100+) from an accredited institution will be evaluated on an individual basis according to the skill/level to determine if applicable to the position by management.


At job entry, placement will be determined by a review of college transcripts and related work experience.  A minimum of 6 years of related experience is required for the senior level.  Once placed into the job family, an employee may become eligible for promotion by demonstrating the ability to perform advanced and more difficult work as determined by their management and meeting experience requirements.  

Additional Information

  • Responsible for protecting proprietary and confidential information, whether provided by SRP or the supplier.
  • Negotiate the best economic advantage for the company while maintaining the highest ethical and commercial standards for all purchases transactions.
  • Works through assigned Contract Analyst to resolve issues requiring the assistance of Legal Services and Risk Management.
  • Individual will be working with many entities outside SRP and must present themselves and SRP in a professional manner.
  • This job may require overtime and individual may need to be accessible 24/7 during emergency situations or service disruptions.
  • Position may require some travel.

Specialist Licensing

Certification in the following areas is desirable:

C.P.M. Certified Purchasing Manager

C.P.S.M Certified Professional in Supply Management

A.P.P Accredited Purchasing Practitioner

A.P.I.C.S. American Purchasing Inventory Control Society

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Interpersonal sensitivity in dealing with peers, clients and suppliers
  • Creativity in resolution of problems, both internal and external
  • Awareness of, and addressing concerns when dealing with women and minority owned businesses
  • Presentation skills when providing internal clients with programs or products for introduction to SRP


Requisition Details

Requisition ID: 14448



Equal Opportunity Employer Statement


Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law. Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement


In order to promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.


All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.



Why Work at SRP


SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:


• 401(k) plan with employer matching
• Retirement pension
• Paid vacation
• Parental leave
• Holiday pay
• Sick leave
• Medical, vision, dental and life insurance
• Wellness programs
• Pre-tax benefits
• Short and long-term disability plans
• Tuition assistance


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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