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POET Purchasing Specialist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

*This position can be located at any location in the POET footprint. Please let us know your geographic preference on the POET profile you use when applying online.


As a Purchasing Specialist in this newly created position, you will be responsible for daily execution in purchasing for assigned locations for the POET Biorefineries and POET Design & Construction. You will place orders, track orders, work with vendors and on-site personnel to ensure great communication and timely delivery. The Purchasing Specialist’s role is to provide fantastic customer service to our POET Biorefining locations and ensure a top notch reputation with our vendors on execution.


  • Receives and reviews requisition requests for completion and authorized approvals.

  • Prepares purchase orders, obtains quotes and carries out related administrative tasks.

  • Assists Buyers with vendors to negotiate pricing and obtain information related to price, specifications, delivery and sources of supply.

  • Processes and maintains purchasing records, such as costs, delivery, product quality or performance, inventory and usage.

  • Investigates discrepancies between purchase order, receiver and invoice. Communicates and works with vendor, company management and appropriate department personnel to resolve issues.

  • Provides backup support to other purchasing specialists or buyers to cover or assist in coverage, scheduling conflicts, etc.

  • Supports processes to maintain optimum inventory levels that serve the production process, and ensure on-time deliveries.

  • Prepares documentation for contracts, transactions, or regulatory compliance.

  • Supports the evaluation of contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes.

  • Supports improvement projects to current processes or policies.

  • Partners with other procurement staff to ensure accurate and timely delivery with excellent customer service to our biorefineries and construction projects.

  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!


  • Degree in business or technical field and 1 year related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Great interpersonal skills, possessing a high degree of professionalism and customer service.

  • Demonstrated relationship-building skills.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, decision-making, and problem solving abilities.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills as well as the ability to adapt to change.

  • Honest, ethical, and conscientious.

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic and changing environment.

  • Eager to learn and change the world.

  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.


  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s our code.

  • Up to 30% travel required which may include vendor visits, continuing education, and conferences.

  • Team members will be required to adhere to safety requirements in all work environments. This position operates in an office environment. Specific physical requirements may include:

  • Working at a personal computer for approximately 90% of the time where you can sit or stand.

  • Occasionally lifting weights of fifty (50) pounds or less.

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POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

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Job ID2019-3866

Employment TypeRegular Full-Time



Travel Required25%-50%

Position Location(s)US-SD-Sioux Falls

FLSA StatusNon-Exempt