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Manager Purchasing

Date: May 4, 2021

Location: Atlanta, GA, US, 30309

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 24448: Manager Purchasing 


Job Description

Job Description


Primary Purpose:

Negotiates and coordinates major system purchases of assigned items for operations, ensuring the best value is obtained in accordance with established policies and procedures.


Principal Duties:

  • Maintains strategic working relationships with vendors to keep adequate supply of materials to support capital, maintenance and AFE requirements.
  • Works with user departments on continuous improvement in material procurement, cost reduction, and inventory turns goals. This includes development of alternate materials and suppliers, total cost analysis of materials and efficient management of material inventories to achieve turns goals.
  • Provides periodic reports and/or statistical analysis to the departmental management personnel describing current market conditions on materials in the procurement area, which requires extensive knowledge of material and of market supply and demand for products in this jurisdiction.
  • Trains, supervises and supports assigned subordinate(s).


Job Related Experience:

Minimum Level: 3-5 years

Preferred Level: 6-10 years


Preferred Level: Bachelor's Degree (BS, BBA, MBA)

Preferred Majors:

  • Business
  • Engineering

Licenses / Certifications:

Required: None listed

Preferred: Certified Purchasing Manager

Technical Skills:

  • SAP
  • Ariba
  • iCertis
  • MS Excel/Spreadsheets

Skills and Abilities:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Communication Skills
  • Developing Employees
  • Persuading Others
  • Carefulness with Details

Career Path:

Predecessor Jobs:

  • Various Material Management Supervisor and Assistant Manager positions

Future Jobs:

  • Other Material Management Manager positions
  • Director Purchasing
  • Director Sourcing & Services
  • AVP Material Management

Work Conditions

Environment: Office

Shift Work: No

On-Call: Yes

Weekend Work: Yes

Travel Required: 3 - 5 Days per Month,

New Headquarters – Atlanta, GA


Norfolk Southern is in the process of constructing a vibrant & modern corporate HQ in Midtown Atlanta, GA. Our HQ is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2021. To check out a sneak peek, we’ve linked a playlist below.




Company Overview


Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is a Fortune 300 organization and one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers.


We are a team of more than 20,000 employees working together to maintain our reputation as "The Thoroughbred of Transportation." As an industry leader, Norfolk Southern offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.


At Norfolk Southern, we believe in celebrating our individuality. By leveraging the unique backgrounds and viewpoints of our employees, we can create a culture of innovation, respect, and inclusion. We know that employees thrive in a workplace where differing viewpoints, ideas, and experiences are freely shared and valued. As such, we encourage all employees to contribute their distinctive skills and capabilities to our organization.


Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation and, gender identity. Together, we power progress. More information can be found at NS-EEO

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta