Procurement Buyer

FA Procurement · Charleston, South Carolina
Department FA Procurement
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Who is Water Mission?


Water Mission is a rapidly growing Christian engineering nonprofit working to end the global water crisis by building safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions in developing nations and disaster areas. Guided by love, excellence, and integrity, we are driven to share clean, safe water and God’s love with all. To date, we have served nearly 7 million people in 57 countries. Working at Water Mission is as much a calling as it is a career, and we are searching for people with the courage, passion, and drive to help us change the world. Read more about What We Believe, our Statement of Faith, and our Christian Mission.


What is the opportunity?


The Procurement Buyer will conduct purchasing activities and ensure that purchased items are cost-effective and good quality. The Procurement Buyer’s responsibilities include maintaining positive supplier relations, evaluating supplier options, negotiating supplier pricing, and maintaining accurate records. This position will help develop and manage various processes such as change management and vendor key performance indicatorsThis position will be responsible for maintaining and updating the procurement views in the ERP system and updating the contract Management Database. A successful candidate will be able to conduct market studies on various commodities, analyze the data, and implement product changes. This role will work closely with internal (domestic and international) teams as well as external vendors to assure Water Mission is receiving the correct cost and quality while maintaining the desired deliveryThis full-time position is based in Charleston, SC, and will report to the Procurement Manager.


A successful Procurement Buyer will: 


  • Maintain a strong Christian witness to job candidates, colleagues, vendors, donors, charitable beneficiaries, and general public
  • Source product and negotiate with vendors as needed to support Water Mission 
  • Work closely with the engineering team to support new product introduction and change management   
  • Support projects within various country programs to establish a Total Cost of Ownership model and evaluate purchases 
  • Regulate the compliance of procurement policies and procedures 
  • Create new vendors as needed in the ERP system 
  • Setup new and update existing procurement and finance views for components in the ERP system  
  • Create framework for purchase orders as needed to support vendor contracts 
  • Assist with contract management database maintenance  
  • Manage the open invoice process and support finance to resolve issues 
  • Work with logistics to establish component min/max level and adjust as needed 
  • Assure the capture of gift-in-kind for new products (direct and indirect) 
  • Provide support during disasters to help expedite product or services as needed 
  • Other duties as designated by management


What is required?


  • Personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Alignment with Water Mission’s Statement of Faith and core values of Love, Excellence, and Integrity 
  • Bachelor’s degree required; APEX or contract Management Certification is preferred 
  • Fluent in English required; proficient in Spanish preferred 
  • 2+ years of purchasing experience required; International experience preferred 
  • 1years of negotiation experience required 
  • Working knowledge of an ERP system, Microsoft 365 preferred 
  • Knowledge of procurement best practices 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to clearly articulate ideas and feedback in a constructive way 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a team 
  • Ability to lift 50lbs and stand for long periods of time in hot and cold environments 
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 10% of the time to domestic and/or international locations. Trips will be up to two (2) weeks in length. 
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship

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        • Location
          Charleston, South Carolina
        • Department
          FA Procurement
        • Employment Type
          Full-Time
        • Minimum Experience
          Mid-level