Progress Rail Services Corp. Buyer in Montgomery, Alabama

Auto req ID: 3644BR
Posting Title: Buyer
Job Category: Manufacturing/Operations
City: Montgomery
State: Alabama
Alternative Work Location: Sherman, TX

Company Description

Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, is an integrated rolling stock and infrastructure provider, delivering a full range of products and services to domestic and international railroad customers. Our customers enjoy one-stop shopping and comprehensive cradle-to-grave railway solutions - whether it rolls on the rail or is the rail itself. From locomotives, transit, freight cars and engines, to tracks, signals and advanced technology, we ensure customers can count on us to meet all their rail needs. Forging the bridge between ideas and success, our talented and innovative team members work together to address the challenges of the rail industry today, ensuring success for the future. As part of a vibrant, global network of business operations, each and every member of our team is important to our success. With headquarters in Albertville, Ala., more than 7,000 dedicated employees serve customers through a network of close to 150 locations around the world. For more information, visit and follow @Progress_Rail on Twitter and YouTube.

Job Purpose

Works with suppliers regarding requirements planning. Releases and expedites purchase orders and provides follow-up and material planning. Executes supply chain functions encompassing external purchasing or subcontracting in support of manufacturing, including organizing prints and specifications, ordering materials and performing inventory adjustments.

Key Job Elements

Develop and maintain existing supplier base, consider new supplier contracts as appropriate.

Negotiate price, payment terms and communicate on-time delivery expectations with current and potential suppliers.

Work with suppliers, engineers and operations to resolve quality and delivery issues.

Coordinate engineering changes as they impact purchased material.

Provide purchasing support for production.

Manage temporary outsourcing where appropriate.

Ensure maintenance of proper inventory levels.

Adhere to company purchasing and accounting policies and procedures.

Manage assigned purchase requisitions and issue purchase orders to satisfy the operational objectives.

Monitor supplier performance with the ability to intervene as appropriate to correct unacceptable service levels.

Ability to make decisions and/or recommendations that may have a substantial impact on operations.

Implement cost reduction initiatives as related to purchased product.

Maintain MRP material master settings in accordance with company guidelines.

Respond to changing market price and product availability trends that could impact operational targets.

Ability to interact with multiple work groups and internal customers.

Participate and/or lead special projects as required.

Education / Training

Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Business or other related field preferred but not required. Equivalent experience will be considered.

Qualifications and Experience

Minimum of five years’ experience in an industrial purchasing position.

Direct material purchasing experience in a heavy manufacturing environment.

Proficient Microsoft Office skills and strong Microsoft Office Excel skills.

Proven ERP/MRP systems experience.

Ability to read blueprints and understand manufacturing processes.

High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with others within a team environment.

Analytical ability to solve complex problems.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Experience:

Knowledge of commodities and purchased material within a heavy manufacturing environment.

Rail product knowledge.

Knowledge of Association of American Railroad specifications.



Progress Rail Services Corporation and its subsidiary and affiliate companies offer an excellent total compensation package* including competitive salary, 401(k) plan with company match, available medical/dental/life/disability insurance coverage and paid vacation and holidays. Relocation assistance may be available for some positions.

*Benefits eligibility differs by job position and employment status - governing plan documents control such benefits..


Equal Opportunity Employer – Race/Color/Sex/Religion/National Origin/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Vets/Disabilities