Buyer II
at Westmoreland Coal Company

Date Posted: 2/7/2018

Job Description

Position Summary

Under general supervision, locates, evaluates and purchases parts, materials and services in accordance with company purchasing policies and procedures.


Supervisor Responsibilites

This position does not have formal supervisory responsibilities over other employees.


Essential Duties and Responsibilites

  • Continually monitors the price, specifications, quality, transportation and delivery schedules for all purchases. 
  • Manages Complex Bids with annual purchases that could exceed $15M. 
  • Manage strategic supply agreements, and builds relationships with suppliers. Ensures supplier performance goals are measured against established goals and business objectives. 
  • Ensures capital spend is delivered at optimal cost and on time per schedule and serves as the key procurement liaison with internal team and external suppliers. 
  • Develop relationships with stakeholders on locating items and information needed to accomplish duties if applicable based upon contract arrangement. 
  • Competitively bids and purchases parts, materials, services and equipment at the best value for Westmoreland. 
  • Continually seeks out new updated parts, materials and methods that may improve productivity and/or minimize costs and provides feedback to operations and maintenance personnel. 
  • May occasionally be required to present at internal or supplier meetings. 
  • Reviews stock orders and direct orders for purchase and assigns items for purchase to other buyers. 
  • Partners with warehouse personnel to resolve shipping and receiving problems and accounts payable to resolve invoicing problems.
  • Perform related work as required.

Job Requirements

Typical Physical Demands

Requires prolonged sitting, some bending, stooping and stretching. Requires constant data input for extended periods of time without leaving the work area. Occasionally lifting files or paper weighing up to 30 pounds. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, photocopier, telephone, calculator, and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate reports. Requires mobility sufficient to travel.

Typical Working Conditions

Normal office environment. Occasional evening or weekend work. Ability to travel up to 25%


Education and Experience

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Supply Chain, Finance, or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of related work experience.
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. 

Licenses, Registration, and Certifications

  • None


  • Analytical.
  • Problem solving.
  • Communication.
  • Organizational.
  • Negotiation.
  • Interpersonal.

Job Snapshot

About Us

Westmoreland Coal Company began mining in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1854 as a Pennsylvania corporation. In 1910, we incorporated in Delaware and continued our focus on underground coal operations in Pennsylvania and the Appalachian Basin. We moved our headquarters from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Colorado in 1995. Today, we are an energy company with 13 coal mines in the western U.S. and Canada, a stake in an activated carbon plant and char production facility and two coal-fired power generation units. Our headquarters are located in Englewood, Colorado and we have approximately 2,900 employees.

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