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Purchasing Agent


  • Barre, VT

Position Summary

AFCO, a division of Swenson Granite, has an immediate opening for a Purchasing Agent. This role will focus on supporting two Swenson Granite facilities by coordinating purchasing services, equipment, and supplies. The successful candidate will leverage the benefits of centralized sourcing with a decentralized business group focus. The individual must be self-directed, work with a high sense of urgency and possess the ability to solve problems and collaborate with others to meet the needs of Operations. The individual will be critical in supporting initiatives for continuous improvement and transformation for our businesses.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities other duties may be assigned

  • Working with internal employees to identify and address unmet needs that align with procurement and business goals to deliver long-term value; demonstrate a high degree of Customer Focus and an ability to effectively influence others
  • Plan, organize, direct, and control activities related to the purchasing function
  • Analyze market and delivery conditions to determine present and future supply availability and notify divisional operations of identified risks
  • Develop/maintain a system to evaluate vendor quotations that utilizes appropriate negotiation and purchasing techniques to ensure quality, price, delivery, and service
  • Confer with vendors to obtain product or service information such as price, availability, and delivery schedule
  • Determine method of procurement such as direct purchase or bid and do lease versus buy analysis
  • Recruit and maintain suppliers that provide high quality products and services at a better price while maintaining the highest code of ethics and conduct
  • Review requisitions and oversee the preparation of purchase orders and change notices
  • Prepare and review requests for proposals, contracts, bids, proposal responses, and vendor agreements for legal correctness, price, and acceptability of items to specifications and conformance to company policy. Consult with Senior Management for approval on all contractual agreements
  • Negotiate, or supervise the negotiation, of complex requests for capital equipment, supplies, and services from both domestic and offshore suppliers and subcontractors within budgetary limitations and scope of authority
  • Act as a liaison between operations management, vendors and distributors, and corporate departments regarding purchasing programs
  • Maintain procurement records such as items or services purchased, costs, delivery, product quality or performance, and inventories
  • Approve invoices for payment
  • Expedite delivery of goods to users
  • Monitor inventory purchases to maintain acceptable levels of inventories in stockrooms

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree (B. A.) from a four-year college or university; or three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience

Computer Skills

Proficiency in MS Office Products, such as Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint

Other capabilities

• Ability to work collaboratively with others to achieve desired business results
• Strong influencing, negotiation, interpersonal, and communications skills
• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
• Thorough and detail oriented
• Superior time management skills
• Willingness to travel, very rarely overnight


• 401(k) and Roth 401(k)
• 401(k) company match
• Health/Dental/Vision insurance
• Flexible Spending Account (medical/dependent)
• Life/Disability/AD&D Insurance
• Employee Assistance Program
• Paid Time off (Vacation/Holidays)
• Bonus (company/personal performance)
• Employee Discounts




Any experience deemed equivalent will be considered. Please note that Polycor Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all inquiries will be handled confidentially. We will communicate only with the candidates who will be selected.


Polycor Inc. is the world’s leading natural stone quarrier and its core mission is to make people fall in love with natural stone. Their world-class reputation comes from a great legacy of stone work on historical landmarks, institutional, commercial and residential projects. Founded in Québec City (Canada) in 1987, the company now employs nearly 1,300 people and owns over 50 quarries and 20 manufacturing plants across North America and Europe.

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To apply by mail:

Swenson Granite Works
Attn: Charith Zickmund
54 Willey Street
Barre, VT 05641

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