Lead Purchasing Agent

Company Profile

Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC) is a leading worldwide, diversified manufacturer of complex metal components and products. It serves the aerospace, power, and general industrial markets. PCC is the market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, and forged components used in jet aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. The Company is also a leading producer of highly engineered, critical fasteners for aerospace and other general industrial markets, manufactures extruded seamless pipe, fittings, forgings, and clad products for power generation and oil & gas applications, and supplies metal alloys and other materials to the casting and forging industries. PCC is a high quality business with dominant positions in most segments of the markets in which it serves. The company has a history of superior earnings growth and was the fourth best performing stock in the S&P 500 during the last decade, up 1580%.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, this over $10 billion publicly traded company (NYSE: PCP) employs more than 29,500 people worldwide. PCC has over 160 plants and has a presence in twenty-six states in the US and in over a dozen countries. PCC is relentless in its dedication to being a high-quality, low-cost and on-time producer; delivering the highest value to its customers and shareholders while continually pursuing strategic, profitable growth.

Business Profile

PCC Aerostructures is a leading supplier of complex components and assemblies to the global aerospace industry.

PCC Aerostructures now includes more than 20 plants in the U. S, Europe and Asia with over 5000 employees and has ambitious growth plans. Businesses within PCC Aerostructures include Primus International, SPS Aerostructures, Centra, Avibank and AVK, Klune, ProCoat, Southwest United Industries, Progressive Incorporated, Synchronous, and Kalistrut. Plants locations include Washington, Utah, California, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Ohio, Canada, Mexico, the UK and China.

Location Profile

Located in Algona Washington, Primus International - Algona is a leading Tier II Supplier of highly engineered metallic and composite parts, kits, and assemblies to the global aerospace industry. Their key customers are Boeing (737 FED Doors, AOE Doors, and 737 APU Inlets), Airbus, and Latecoere (Hinges and Supper Hinges). Primus International Algona specializes in medium to complex titanium machining and structural mechanical assembly. Acquired by Precision Castparts in 2011, Primus International Algona has become one of 38 plants within the Aerostructures division. Staffed with 300+ employees, the facility generates annual revenue in excess of $150 million.

Position Summary

The Purchasing Lead is responsible for acting as back-up to the Purchasing Manager and is the first point of escalation for the purchasing group. The position may negotiate pricing and terms with suppliers, report any data requested by Management, interrogate new work statements for best component pricing utilizing leverage, contracts, supply base relationships and other knowledge. The Purchasing Lead will also be carrying out Purchasing Agent functions such as managing a workbench, statusing product, supporting program management, managing inventory levels, working across departments to find best solutions and/or ideas for Kanban/JIT activity, MRB reduction, savings initiatives and non-demand utilization. This position will also have interaction with customers as required.


Lead and assist purchasing group in status and follow up

Manage assigned commodity

Ensure all items are on order and being delivered at the appropriate time for minimum inventory exposure and maximum benefit to the machine shop and assembly

Report status as required to functional groups including scheduling and program management

Request and review quotes- select suppliers based on best price/ lead time/ quality history

Manage special projects such as Continuous Improvement, Inventory Reduction, Process Improvement, Savings Initiatives, Corporate Initiatives

Reporting such as YTD spend, RNN, Supplier OTD, Management support


Ability to write routine reports and correspondence and speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization

Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively with employees, internal organizations, vendors and customers

Ability to lead a team of individual workers and ensure they stay on task

Ability to act as escalation point when issues arise and define clear solutions

Ability to negotiate options and solutions with positive outcomes for the customer and the organization

Skilled in working across multiple company departments, as well as with customers and vendors

Good analytical and problem solving skills

Attention to detail

Willingness to learn as well as train others


Bachelor s Degree in business or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience

Five (5) years experience in supply chain, purchasing and or procurement

Five (5) years experience in Aerospace or Manufacturing

Two (2) years experience in lead/supervisory role

Proficient in Excel, Word and Syteline or similar ERP system

Precision Castparts Corp. is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job categories without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or other status protected by applicable law.

Don't Be Fooled

The fraudster will send a check to the victim who has accepted a job. The check can be for multiple reasons such as signing bonus, supplies, etc. The victim will be instructed to deposit the check and use the money for any of these reasons and then instructed to send the remaining funds to the fraudster. The check will bounce and the victim is left responsible.

More Jobs

Agg Trucking Mechanic Lead
Vancouver, WA Lehigh Hanson
Retail Coverage Merchandiser - Lead
Tacoma, WA Acosta Sales & Marketing
Lead Vehicle Artist - Turn 10 Studios
Redmond, WA Microsoft Corporation
Automotive Lead Master Technician / Mechanic
Redmond, WA Bridgestone Americas, Inc
Automotive Lead Master Technician / Mechanic
Seattle, WA Bridgestone Americas, Inc
Packaging Maintenance Lead Pasco (FG-Pasco, WA)
Pasco, WA J.R. Simplot Company