• Purchasing Agent- Operations

    Job Locations US-VA-Norfolk
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Posted Date
    4 months ago(7/2/2019 10:03 AM)
  • Overview

    Colonna's Shipyard is looking to obtain experienced candidates within our Purchasing Department.

    We are pleased to accept resumes for a Purchasing Agent.

    This is a full-time position with competitive pay, based on experience, and immediate work within our headquarters in Norfolk, VA.



    • Prepare purchase orders and send copies to suppliers and to departments originating requests
    • Respond to customer and supplier inquiries about order status, changes, or cancellations.
    • Contact suppliers in order to schedule or expedite deliveries and to resolve shortages, missed or late deliveries, and other problems. Report delays to Material Manager immediately
    • Review requisition orders in order to verify accuracy, terminology, and specifications
    • Locate suppliers, using sources such as catalogs and the internet, and interview them to gather information about products to be ordered
    • Receive and review material and subcontract request requisitions for accuracy and completeness to Colonna's Purchasing Procedures
    • Identify sources with the best price delivery option to meet project cost and schedule requirements
    • Place orders with vendors
    • Input, track, and generate reports with the use of Deltek Costpoint Software
    • Correspond with Production departments, Accounting and Estimating to resolve material issues
    • Successfully communicate between Production and vendors concerning the specifics and urgency of order and delivery
    • Ability to read and understand customer specifications, both commercial and government
    • Compile a local and national vendor database with a strong emphasis on local
    • Process improvement recommendation for the Purchasing department
    • Material identification to receipt
    • Evaluate suppliers for cost, quality of items and service, and participate in a vendor rating program
    • Negotiate cost of goods and services with vendors
    • Coordinate activities involved with procuring goods and services, such as raw materials, equipment, tools, parts and supplies
    • Confer with vendors to obtain product or service information, such as price, availability, and delivery schedule.
    • Select and Estimate products and materials according to knowledge of market price.
    • Prepare purchase orders
    • Maintain manual or computerized procurement records, such as items or services purchased, costs, delivery, product quality or performance, and inventories.
    • Discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services with inspection or quality control personnel ,
    • users, vendors, and others to determine source of trouble and take corrective action.
    • Understand and act upon instruction
    • Work independently to complete responsibilities




    • Prefer previous experience with access requirements for shipyards, and military bases.
    • Able to prioritize and handle several tasks simultaneously in a fast paced environment
    • Detailed oriented
    • Logistics based computer software experience- Deltek Cost Point exp. preferred
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • 5 year minimum experience of shipboard item (multiple commodities) purchasing
    • Knowledge of Hampton Roads vendors
    • Ability to adapt and successfully function in a fast paced environment
    • Must work effectively within the team and with other departments of Colonna's Shipyard
    • Conflict resolution skills
    • Proven negotiating and expediting skills



    Compensation & Benefits

    Position compensation is based on experience.


    Our benefits include: 
    • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
    • 401K, company match
    • Paid Time Off (PTO)
    • Legal Services
    • Annual performance evaluations 
    • On-site Human Resources
    • On-site gym
    • Free and close proximity parking
    • Employee perks/gifts and more


    All resumes are reviewed immediately for consideration.


    Colonna’s Shipyard and our affiliates are pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


    • Respect
    • Pride
    • Truth
    • Family

    These are our VALUES and the guidelines that make us a leader in our industry. We are pleased and confident in stating that our skilled employees are among the most respected experts in the ship repair industry.


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