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Purchasing Manager

Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc (RCTI). is  part of the Vossloh North America group of companies, offering a comprehensive portfolio of rail infrastructure products including special track work, rail fastening systems, signaling and switch control solutions, rail lifecycle services, and now, pre-stressed concrete ties.


The Purchasing Agent is responsible for the purchase of specific inventory groups of items and specific commodity management for Vossloh Tie Technologies (VTT).  They are responsible for the negotiation and establishment of contracts/agreements to enable our plants to purchase the required quantity and quality of the inventory items needed to satisfy existing orders and in some cases, forecasted demand for RCTI/VTT products.  They will also work with suppliers to understand and schedule supplier capacity.  They will perform purchasing activities as assigned, and maintain purchase order files.  They will also coordinate activities with other Buyers at other Vossloh NA divisions when practical. 

The Purchasing Agent must have an understanding of global markets, knowledge of steel, aggregates and the rail road industry,including fastening components, pre-stressing steel wire and plant equipment.

The Purchasing Agent will also assist in the development of supply chain solutions.  Specific to the assignment are the establishment and maintenance of replenishment systems, safety stock levels, forecasting techniques and principles, and bundling of supply chain demand to optimize transportation solutions.  The Purchasing Agent will also act on special assignments, and work to identify transportation and logistics solutions.


  • Solicits and evaluates competitive bids for the items or commodities required. 
  • Negotiates the least total cost of ownership (TCO) for the items (quality, best price, delivery, commercial terms, etc.).
  • Implements framework agreement contracts in accordance with company and government regulations.
  • Expedites purchase orders using existing reports, screens and system capabilities, tools, to confirm delivery dates will be met.
  • Requests competitive quotations for assigned items utilizing ERP or manual request for quote (RFQ) tools 
  • Analyze and schedule supplier capacities. 
  • Manages and analyses supply chain (vendor quality, on time delivery, quantity of vendors, value analysis, etc.). 
  • Coordinate synergies between Vossloh affiliate companies to leverage buying potential. 
  • Reconcile problem invoices and identify correct root causes. 
  • Utilize Vossloh NA and SA contracts where economical and practical. 
  • Filing and other clerical duties as required and assigned. 
  • Create, distribute, negotiate and complete debit memos for discrepant products or services, as required.
  • Develop new suppliers for components. 
  • Set up and monitor supplier schedules. 
  • Organize complete order placement with suppliers, including all shipment activity, specifications, and prints.
  • Assure suppliers work within VTT quality requirements. 
  • Represent Vossloh interests in the event of commercial disputes. 
  • Review of ordering and replenishment systems. 
  • Identification of best practice reorder points, safety stock levels, forecasting implementation techniques.
  • Coordination of transportation requirements including FTL, LTL, ocean and air freight competitive bidding.
  • Minimum work experience required/preferred:
  • 1 to 3 years in purchasing, supply chain, rail, logistic services preferred.
  • Experience with SAP enterprise resource planning system is a plus.
  • Minimum education and training required/preferred:
  • Bachelor's degree in business, with a major in purchasing or supply chain preferred. APICS and I or ISM certification a plus.

Why Work for Vossloh?

  • Anthem BCBS Medical Plan
  • Dental, Vision, Life/Voluntary Life benefits
  • 401k Retirement Savings Plan
  • Great vacation benefits

Vossloh provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual identity or orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Vossloh complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 


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