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Sutherland, NE, US, 69165-2134

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has an immediate opening for a Buyer located at Gerald Gentleman Station in Sutherland.  Position closes January 30, 2022 at 11:59 pm Central Time. 


Position Summary

This position is responsible for the procurement of materials and services in an efficient and cost-effective manner and in accordance with NPPD policies and procedures in support of business unit needs. Primary duties include, but are not limited to, day-to-day procurement activities associated with the acquisition and replenishment of goods and services, the issuance of purchase orders with appropriate terms and conditions, coordination of request for quotations and the evaluation of the bidder quotations, expediting/follow-up of deliveries, logistics (freight) and supplier management, resolution of invoice discrepancies and goods receipt (GR)/invoice receipt (IR) maintenance, resolution of delivered quantity discrepancies, maintaining accurate purchasing data in SAP, and close out of procurement documents when applicable. The Buyer will also take a larger role in vendor relationship management and strategic sourcing activities.

Education, Training and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in business or related program and two years of procurement related experience.


Associates degree (or equivalent accumulation of college credit hours in business or a related program) and four years of procurement related experience.


High school diploma/GED and eight years of experience in procurement processes and/or purchase order administration is required.

[Cooper Nuclear Station (CNS) Buyer] The incumbent will be required to obtain U.S. Nuclear Power Plant Unescorted Access (annual requalification) and will participate in the CNS Fitness-for-Duty Program.

Licenses and/or Certifications

Institute of Supply Management (ISM) certification is desired.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Work with internal customers to coordinate ensuring material procurements meet existing specifications. Perform research and incorporate existing requirements into new procurement documents.

Implement best practices including supplier alliances, blanket order purchasing, and logistics (freight) management. This includes aggressively pursuing discount procurement including, but not limited to, quantity, delivery, long-term agreements, payment, etc. Buyer leads and/or participates in cost saving or value-added initiatives with the various business units within NPPD delivering savings against predetermined targets.

Conduct purchasing activities exercising sound judgment in compliance with the appropriate codes, standards, or commitments. [CNS Buyers] Determine and include the appropriate Quality Assurance (QA) Program requirements in purchase orders. This includes selection of QA Wording Sets, Approved Suppliers List (ASL) Limitations, and verifying procurement safety class (Safety-related, Non Safety-related, Augmented Quality, etc.).

Manages key vendor relationships to include vendor performance evaluations, vendor performance improvement, and vendor risks assessments.

Build and maintain strong working relationships with internal customers and key suppliers, focusing on cost savings, supplier diversity, and assuring on-time delivery of parts and services.

Provide technical leadership to business unit personnel relative to NPPD procurement processes and activities.

[CNS Buyers] Actively participate in the nuclear Corrective Action Program (CAP) through Condition Report (CR) initiation, evaluation, and resolution and participation in the self-assessment process.

[CNS Buyers] Support Nuclear Regulatory Condition (NRC) Inspections, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) evaluations, and QA Audits of procurement and materials, as required.

Utilize materials management information systems to provide inventory management information to internal customers. This may include working with the business unit to reduce inventories and dispose of surplus or obsolete materials and perform other materials management activities, as assigned. In addition, assist in development of strategies to balance inventory to meet forecasted demands, as well as emergent work.

Be available for required on-call duty and outage support duty (weekend and backshift).

Accountable for other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

Customer Focus
Employees & Teamwork/Diversity & Inclusion
Public Service/Environmental Stewardship

Salary Information - Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary with opportunities for growth. 

Pay Grade - 11 Monthly

Typical Pay Grade Starting Salary Range: $ 4,953.46  - $ 6,191.83

Travel Required: Up to 25% (With no or minimal overnight stays, less than 3 per month, typically within state of Nebraska)  Travel required may fluctuate by business need. This is an estimate and will be discussed further with candidates that receive an interview.

Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary and an excellent benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid medical, training opportunities and more.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at Nebraska Public Power District.

Nebraska Public Power District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer who values the contributions of its diverse work force. We are only legally able to hire persons who are 1) a United States citizen or national, 2) a lawful permanent resident of the United States, or 3) an alien legally authorized to work in the United States.

Hiring Philosophy
Federal EEO
E-Verify Participant
Right to Work
Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision