AECOM Senior Purchasing Agent in Jersey City, New Jersey

Requisition/Vacancy No. 147096BR

Position Title Senior Purchasing Agent

Job Category Procurement

Business Line Construction Services

Country United States of America

State/Province/Region USA - New Jersey

City Jersey City

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line

Construction Services

Our talented experts are dedicated to managing the complexity inherent in construction projects, catering to each client’s unique needs. We provide services such as program management, construction management and owner’s representation to our clients around the globe.

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a Senior Purchasing Agent to be based in our Jersey City, NJ location.

Position Description or Typical Responsibilities:

  • Knowledgeable of the Company purchasing systems and processes.

  • Understands purchasing terminology and measures and recognizes purchasing actions that may impact the project.

  • Participates with management in development of strategies and plans.

  • Understands construction means, methods, and sequences.

  • Supervises junior staff through task development, establishing and maintaining goals and expectations, and documenting performance related issues and achievements.

  • Identifies and develops talent.

  • Utilizes knowledge of purchasing practices and how supplier pricing is incorporated into company proposals.

  • Leads the evaluation of suppliers’ capabilities and reviews Requests for Quotations for complex engineered equipment.

  • Performs tabulation and analysis of bids for complex engineered equipment, and establishes price reasonableness.

  • Leads the preparation of negotiation strategy and negotiation meetings with suppliers.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, construction management, economics or demonstrated equivalent combination of education, training and related experience.


  • Entrants to this position require a minimum of 8 years of experience in engineering, construction, maintenance projects, or operating industrial facilities in a purchasing position.

  • Familiar with basic critical path schedules and able to use schedules and market trends in the establishment of materials management milestones.

  • Knowledgeable of legal terminology within materials management terms and conditions and has the ability to evaluate and recommend methods to resolve risks due to deviations. .

  • Possesses the skills for analyzing bids to determine potential for cost savings, assessing risks, and developing negotiation strategies.

  • Extensive knowledge of the types of agreements that can be used for the purchase or materials and equipment.

  • Skilled in the use of materials management systems.

  • Must become STS (Safety Trained Supervisor) qualified with six months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Requirements:

  • Some field experience preferred.

  • 2+ years of experience in one or more of the areas of expediting, transportation and site materials management preferred.

Additional Information:

  • Selected candidates must successfully complete and pass Drug and Alcohol Testing, Agility Testing and Background Screening before starting.

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with no suspensions or moving violations within the past 3 years

  • Please be advised that all internal candidates interested in applying must have a satisfactory discipline record during the period from 11/18/15 to 11/18/16.

  • Internal candidates interested in applying must have completed the probationary period, if applicable, for the position they currently maintain as specified in the agreement between AECOM and the TWU Local 229.

  • All external candidates interested in applying must go to


What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

AECOM is an equal opportunity employer and Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply. For further information, please click here at to view the EEO Is The Law poster.