Diversity of backgrounds, ideas, thoughts, and experiences is vital to our culture and the way we do business. Creating an environment where differences are embraced and where every person feels engaged and included makes us safer, stronger, and more successful.

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S.publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.comand follow American Water on Twitter, Facebookand LinkedIn.

PLEASE NOTE: In order for American Water to evaluate decisions about new regulations, reintegration, and safe operating practices, all employees are required to report their vaccination status.

Primary Role

The buyer position manages the sourcing of goods, services, and projects while continuously identifying and implementing opportunities to lower total cost of ownership. Activities include participating in cross functional project teams and executing sourcing strategies.

On September 9, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14042. This order and the associated federal safety protocols for federal contractors that were issued on September 24, 2021, require covered contractors who work with the federal government to ensure that their employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or approved for a health or religious accommodation. The revised date for this requirement is January 4, 2022.As a covered federal contractor, American Water must adhere to these legal requirements. If you are made a conditional job offer, you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination, or apply and be approved for a health or religious accommodation prior to your start date.

Key Accountabilities

  • Prepare, assist and develop bid packages, statement of work documents, and requests (RFP/RFI) according to specifications and business requirements. Develop and execute sourcing strategies from project identification through close-out including alternative sourcing options.
  • Establish and maintain productive relationships with Engineering Center of Excellence and Operations management
  • Support business with all commercial needs including dispute resolution and contract interpretation.
  • Analyze project specific detail on relevant costs related to projects such as labor, material, equipment, and overheads to facilitate sourcing decisions.
  • Build and maintain Supplier/Contractor relationships with the objective of reducing total costs, increasing productivity, and eliminating inefficiencies in the supply chain.
  • Measure compliance to and effectiveness of unit-cost and other framework agreements
  • Support Company risk management objectives in areas such as safety insurance requirements, and supplier depth.
  • Support Supplier Diversity strategies
  • Identify and recommend sustainability options to the business


  • Analytical problem solving skills to produce best product/service at lowest total cost of ownership within required time frames.
  • Business acumen to analyze commercial business, procurement issues and risk management issues with continuous improvement mindset.
  • Knowledge of sourcing strategies, and methodologies related to service and construction procurement.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in written presentation form.
  • Ability work in a collaborative team environment within Supply Chain and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of SAP (Preferred)
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office Products
  • Knowledge and ability to utilize e procurement tools effectively
  • Individual Contributor


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain, Finance, Engineering or related disciplines or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) or CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager) a plus
  • Minimum 4 years' total work experience. Minimum 2 years' experience in procurement or in category management

Travel Requirements

  • Travel Required 10-20%

Work Environment

  • Indoor Office Environment


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Join American Water... We Keep Life Flowing

American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because they arean individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.