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JH Kelly Junior Buyer in Longview, Washington

JH Kelly is hiring for Junior Buyer to join our Purchasing & Supply Chain Team!

JH Kelly, LLC is a fourth generation, family-owned regional construction company in its 99th year with offices in Vancouver, Longview, Seattle & Bellingham, Washington. We provide services to a commercial and heavy industrial client base and are recognized as an industry leader.

Our exceptional team is made up of talented individuals whose ability to plan and execute challenging projects has resulted in a loyal customer following and national safety & quality control awards. Our integrated project approach includes self-performing concrete placement, steel erection, carpentry, equipment setting, millwrighting, pipefitting, sheet metal, electrical & instrumentation services and servicing the completed building.

JH Kelly is a great place to work with a fun, family-oriented environment. We offer an excellent benefit package and competitive wages. Learn more about us at

Summary:As a Jr. Buyer you will work in a team environment in which you learn buying life cycle for procurement of equipment, products, and materials; processes; tracking; terminology; negotiating; pricing; and best practices. You will be responsible for document controls, tracking, following up on purchases and answering delivery questions. You will work closely with buyers, engineering, estimators, project management, and the field to coordinate jobsite deliveries. The Junior Buyer/Purchasing Admin is the first phase to become a Buyer with one to five years’ timeline.

Key Metrics:

  • Delivery: expected deliveries are communicated and timely

  • Vendor & subcontractor partners relationships that lead to better customer service

  • Internal customer increased satisfaction rating

  • Meet or exceed key stakeholders’ expectations


  • Flexibility: Openness to different way and new ways of doing things and reprioritize tasks based on business demands

  • Thoroughness: Ensuring your work and information are complete and accurate

  • Customer Orientation: Demonstrate concern for satisfying internal and external customers.

  • Analytical Thinking: Tackling a problem by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach

  • Results Orientation: Setting challenging goals, focusing on goals, and meeting or exceeding them

  • Relationship Management: the ability to leverage interpersonal skills to establish rapport and develop relationships with all key stakeholders: suppliers, customers & internal team members

  • Professionalism: the ability to think carefully about the likely effects on others of your words, actions, appearance, and mode of behavior; the consummate professional selects the words and actions most likely to have the desired effect on the group or individual in question

What You Will Be Doing:

  • Assist Buyers and Supply Chain Analysts to ensure they have sufficient and accurate information to place and order with the supplier

  • Communicate delivery of equipment, products and materials to field, project management and shops

  • Work closely with buyers, project management and other departments to ensure timely deliveries

  • Provide support with issuing purchase orders to vendors ensuring accuracy and PO documentation completeness

  • Assist with tracking quotes for bid and review spreadsheet analysis

  • Assist with contacting suppliers for adjustments involving replacement or return of material or equipment due to non-conformance, defect, cancellation of order or price variation.

  • Help Accounts Payable resolve invoice and delivery discrepancies associated with purchase orders for materials, equipment, and services

  • Manage document control, including Submittals and O&M Manuals as requested

  • Perform additional tasks as requested

    Relationships :

  • Maintain proactive and positive relationships within the crafts:

  • Including shop and field craft personnel; and supervision coworkers

  • Maintain proactive and positive relationships with:

  • Customer representatives

  • Vendors, Suppliers and Subcontractors

  • Safety, CAD/BIM, Accounting, and IT

  • All Project Teams

What You Need To Be Part Of Our All-Star Team:Education/Experience:

  • BS or BA degree with emphasis on Construction Management, Engineering, Business or other applicable degree preferred

  • Prior experience working within a purchasing and/or supply chain capacity

  • Knowledge/Familiarity with procurement procedures and best practices is a plus

  • Knowledge of purchasing and contract laws, and regulations is a plus

  • Good understanding and working knowledge of e-mail, spreadsheet, and word processing software programs

  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office, Bluebeam, and other industry standard programs

Our Ideal Team Member Will Have All These In Addition To Everything Listed Above:

  • OUTSTANDING COMMUNICATION SKILLS in addition to maintaining an open line of communication with employees throughout the Company, you'll demonstrate excellent communication skills, including good phone and email etiquette

  • INNOVATION although we have a great team and effective processes in place, we feel that there is always room for improvement, and we'll look to you to be creative as you partner with stakeholders to evaluate our operations, solve ongoing issues, and develop even better systems

  • INTEGRITY high degree of integrity, initiative, and positive attitude; adhere to and maintain the “Purchasing Code of Ethics” as prescribed by the National Association of Purchasing Management

  • STRONG APTITUDE for learning and developing own skills

  • GOING THE EXTRA MILE ability to work overtime, as needed

  • WORK MANAGEMENT possesses the ability to work in a high paced environment with the ability to prioritize tasks

    Physical Requirements The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision and Distance vision

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear

  • The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel

  • The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, especially when conducting job site walks

  • Ability to drive an automobile and a valid driver’s license


  • Pay - DOE

  • Performance Bonuses

  • Profit Sharing

  • Medical/Vision/Rx – Dental/Ortho for employee and dependents - JH Kelly pays 87 ½ % of total premiums

  • Paid Vacation, PTO and Holidays

  • 401k - 50% company match to first 6% of contributions

  • Life Insurance, AD & D, STD & LTD - paid 100% by JH Kelly