Sourcing Specialist

Storing vital products with care

Storing vital products with care

Position Summary

This position functions as a procurement team member, occasionally as a team leader, handles purchasing for the assigned terminal and acts as a liaison between vendors and employees.

Essential Job Functions

  • Abides by all safety procedures and practices applicable to location and position; participates in appropriate safety training; demonstrates commitment to and support of SH&E principles and values; champions safety as necessary
  • Handles purchasing for operations, maintenance and other departments as required
  • Assists management; investigates vendor pricing opportunities, recommends cost savings options
  • Prioritizes work; acts as team leader for buyers as requested
  • Reviews requisitions regularly; converts to purchase orders
  • Places orders with vendors as requested
  • Verifies price, delivery date and any other charges pertaining to orders
  • Makes necessary changes to orders in system
  • Solves invoice problems; forwards invoices with errors to users for correction
  • Prepares credit invoices for processing
  • Researches received/vouchered Status Report
  • Researches orders not received in system; resolves issues
  • Handles calls from vendors concerning unpaid invoices
  • Participates in procurement meetings
  • Functions as a team member with other buyers; assists other buyers as necessary
  • Acts as back up to other team members; assists Procurement Manager as required
  • Submits special reports as requested
  • Monitors and follows up on back orders
  • Works with systems group as necessary to ensure procurement systems are functioning properly
  • Researches vendor statements to ensure proper balances
  • Trains regularly on all Federal, state and local environmental regulations, requirements and guidelines including, but not limited to, RCRA requirements; follows and adheres to all guidelines, regulations, and requirements
  • Performs other duties assigned by management that fall within the generally expected scope of this position
  • Negotiate with suppliers to obtain goods, materials, and services that best fit the purpose by using strategic sourcing strategies and extensive knowledge of the commodity industry.
  •  Attend meetings with the legal department to ensure any contractual obligations are favorable to the company.
  • Conduct RFI for Prequalification Processes.
  • Keep up to date the local Approved Vendor List and support documents.
  • Conduct E-auction, RFQ and RFP Processes.
  • Implement the Contractor & Supplier Performance Management Program.
  • Lead Quarterly Business reviews with key contractors.
  • Optimize T&M Services - Contract Surveying.
  • Work closely with the stakeholders to influence, timely asses and ensure compliance with S&P procedures and process. Link

Experience Requirement

  • 5 – 7 years office experience, business or accounting experience preferred 
  • Excellent computer skills, including ability to use Microsoft Office Suite, various email and internet programs and applications, financial programs, databases, and other programs used by the Company
  • Proven negotiations successes
  • Knowledge of industry vendors; experience working with industry vendors
  • Experience working with purchase orders, created manually or on system
  • Excellent English communications skills, both oral and written; good phone skills
  • Ability to multi-task; organizational skills
  • Customer service focus; ability to deal with diverse personalities; negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Experience working with Federal, state and local environmental regulations including RCRA
  • Ability to meet deadlines and handle purchase orders and invoices promptly
  • Strong knowledge of the industry and market conditions
  • Impeccable negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and rapport building

Education Requirement

  • College degree in Business, Finance, or related field
  • Advanced degree, MBA or equivalent helpful
  • Additional certification in the field of procurement desired


All Company Core Competencies as well as the following job specific competencies:

  • Team Player
  • Detail Oriented
  • Analytical
  • Negotiations
  • Influencing

Work Environment

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The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position requires an employee to be in an office environment ad occasionally exposed to outside elements.  Most extreme elements are heat in the summer months of up to 100°+ and some exposure to cold of generally no less than 0° in the winter months.  Occasionally there will be exposure to various chemicals and compounds, including fumes and smells, some of them hazardous.  Employee must be able to wear PPE required by the location.  General office noise may be experienced and louder sounds and vibrations when outside.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  All environments are safe with appropriate PPE.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, sit, speak and hear.  The employee is required to stand, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; the employee may be required, on occasion, to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  Employee may be required to travel by air, rail, bus, or car.

 Proven work experience as a Sourcing Specialist, Senior Buyer or similar role

It is Vopak's policy to employ and administer employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of Vietnam Era and in accordance with federal and state civil rights laws.

Application process

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2nd interview
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