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Purchasing Agent

Company: KB Home
Location: San Ramon
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Job Description:

About KB Home
KB Home is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilders in the United States and has built nearly 650,000 quality homes in our more than 60-year history. Today, KB Home operates in 45 markets from coast to coast. What sets KB Home apart is the exceptional personalization we offer our homebuyers from those buying their first home to experienced buyers allowing them to make their home uniquely their own, at a price that fits their budget. As the leader in energy-efficient homebuilding, KB Home was the first builder to make every home it builds ENERGY STAR - certified, a standard of energy performance achieved by fewer than 10% of new homes in America, and has built more ENERGY STAR certified homes than any other builder. An energy-efficient KB home helps lower the cost of ownership and is designed to be healthier, more comfortable and better for the environment than new homes without certification. We build strong, personal relationships with our customers so they have a real partner in the homebuying process. As a result, we have the distinction of being the #1 customer-ranked national homebuilder in third-party buyer satisfaction surveys. Learn more about how we build homes built on relationships by visiting
JOB SUMMARY: Conducts the day-to-day community level purchasing tasks including bidding and awarding of contracts with various trade partners. Interacts with appropriate internal and external personnel to clearly and thoroughly communicate proper standards and expectations and respond to and resolve concerns.


Bidding/Contract Negotiation/ Contract Management of New Communities:
Create and set-up new communities going out to bid on KBTPO/ KB Share.
Send out Bid Invites to interested vendors.
Create Spec Levels, Scope of Work and coordinate plans.
Research and respond to questions from bidders.
Compile lowest bids and create a budget template in Excel.
Negotiate contracts with vendors to include base and options per division goals/business plans.
Analyze competing bids, and make decisions on contract awards.
Coordinate with the CPA to execute contracts and enter budgets into the J.D. Edwards/ AS400
Prepare contract change requests for review and approval by SVP of Purchasing and SVP of Finance
Set up, maintain and protect all documents on KB Share to include most up-to-date plans, sub lists, community information and documentation. Ensure accuracy, update as necessary and ensure everything is current.
Supply chain management

Manage Active Communities / Communication:
Maintain direct communication with Internal Departments (Forward planning, land development, centralized purchasing administration, operations) and External Vendors to provide directions/ clarifications on contracts, scopes of work and responses to project RFIs.
Troubleshoot & resolve purchasing issues that arise during construction process to ensure production moves forward.
Participate in model frame-walks and field meetings (as necessary).

Special Assignments:
Interactions with consultants on construction documents from the stand-points of preparations/ plan types assignments/ value engineering/ finalization of "biddable" bid packages.


High School Diploma or GED required (At a minimum)
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business, Construction Management, Construction Engineering, Architect, Civil Engineering etc. are preferred.

2-3 years of proven purchasing/contract negotiation experience.
Prior experience in the homebuilding industry preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Strong organizational skills; able to handle multiple deadlines and able to multi-task
Action oriented, with the drive to push projects to successful closure
Strong ability to work within a team setting, inclusive of other's ideas
Strong verbal and written communication, with the ability to take complex concepts and communicate succinctly and accurately
Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (at least intermediate level). Advanced Excel Skills required
Strong technical and analytical skills
Detail oriented
Must be able to read blueprints/ construction documents.

Work Requirements:
Ability to work a minimum of 40 hours per week.
Getting the job done on time is a must.
Find out why KB Home is attracting and retaining the best employees! If you are interested and qualified, please apply now. KB Home provides above average compensation packages and earnings potential, full benefits, an outstanding 401K matching program, bonus plans and amazing promotional opportunities. KB Home is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse work team. Diversity is important to KB Home!

This position is being recruited by ManpowerGroup Talent Solutions RPO, on behalf of KB Home. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Keywords: KB Home, San Ramon , Purchasing Agent, Sales , San Ramon, California

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