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Procurement Engineer

  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Business / Department: Engineering and Procurement
  • Reporting to: Country Manager - Turkey
  • Type: Permanent

Overview of role:

To ensure the most cost effective, appropriate procurement, delivery of materials and services in line with project requirements.


  • Biwater International Limited

Qualifications and experience:

  • Required: 5+ years experience in procurement within the water and wastewater industry

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Send requests for quotation (RFQ), collate quotes, verify quotes against requirements, conduct bid analysis and negotiate with vendors
  • Prepare purchase order by verifying specification and price
  • Release purchase order upon approval and submit to accounting
  • Update procurement tracking record (PTR) and monitor project expenses (excluding labour and expenses)
  • Update cash flow forecasts as they relate to purchases and vendor payments
  • Collect equipment information and engineering submittals from vendors as required by engineers
  • Keep all information and documentation accessible and updated
  • Assist in preparing equipment engineering submittals
  • Monitor and expedite equipment delivery
  • Highlight to Project Manager long lead and critical path items, working with the project schedule
  • Verify receipt of items against purchase order; resolve any shipment errors with vendors
  • Verify payment invoices against purchase requirement and invoice checklist
  • Collect and analyse purchase data and trends, compile library of costs for key equipment
  • Update and maintain vendor list
  • Source new suppliers and recommend alternatives
  • Prepare shipping documents and arrange shipments
  • Coordinate with engineering team members to ensure they are using the correct equipment and materials in accordance with the specifications and vendor submittals
  • Manage consumable quotes and orders
  • Meet project equipment budget and achieve at least 3% savings
  • Ensure equipment is delivered per specifications and on time
  • Project and company procurement records are maintained and up to date

Person specification:

1. Knowledge and experience:

  • Must have experience of procurement of the types of materials used for water and wastewater treatment plants
  • Experience with the majority of the following commodities: pumps, pipework of all types, valves, storage tanks, steelwork, electrical control panels, cable and fittings, instrumentation, chemical dosing, major construction equipment and plant, etc.
  • Proven negotiating skills
  • Ability to lead and give advice to other buyers as required

2. Skills:

  • PC literate with good MS Office skills
  • Experience with computerised procurement systems
  • Needs to be enthusiastic, efficient, self-motivated and able to work as part of a team interacting confidently with others
  • Proven technical, practical and managerial skills

3. Internal business processes:

  • Continuously improve the accuracy of information
  • Adhere to company procedures
  • Assist in updating company procedures and processes as required

4. Health safety and environment:

  • Monitor and enforce the latest health and safety procedures, regulations and legislation
  • Reduce waste to a minimum from all departmental activities and ensure a safe working environment for all staff

5. Working conditions:

  • Based in Biwater’s office in Istanbul, Turkey, but with travel as necessary nationally and overseas to fulfil the above scope of work
  • Visits overseas to achieve appointed tasks in connection with either the execution of projects or the winning of new business

A competitive salary plus benefits will be offered.
Biwater is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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