The Purchasing Coordinator will perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assist with planning, organizing, directing, controlling and evaluating the purchase activities of the Region/Division with a focus on mechanical construction activities
  • Identify vendors of materials, equipment or supplies
  • Evaluate cost and quality of goods or services
  • Negotiate or help negotiate purchase contracts
  • Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials
  • Ensure all purchasing policies and procedures align with the Quality Assurance program and applicable ISO requirements
    • Secure quotes for equipment from suppliers for review by the estimator during the bid process.
    • Find sources of material and suppliers for material not generally known to us, where / when required.
    • Price and extend line material and general material (eg. Pipe, plumbing fixtures, etc.).
    • Suggest, where possible, alternate materials or methods that may be sourced to perform a particular task.
  • Assisting estimating staff
  • Dealing with supplier
    • Know what a supplier sells.
    • Be an in house contact and meet with suppliers.
    • Negotiate pricing for line material for day-to-day use and project pricing.
    • Negotiate and purchase equipment when requested by the estimator or project superintendent.
    • Secure shop drawings and/or certifications for material or equipment requiring same.
    • Provide the supplier with a purchase orders to establish a contract and facilitate billing.
    • Expedite deliveries of materials as requested.
    • Secure, where possible, long term commitments for commodity items.
  • Field staff support
    • Assemble requests for material and disseminate orders to suppliers in such a manner as to provide the best-delivered cost for a project.
    • Be a contact in the office where questions can be asked and followed up. Even when it is not within the agent’s expertise to which a question pertains, an effort is made to get answers as requested or provide a source.
    • Expedite shipments and back orders and find alternate sources of material when practical.
    • Provide and track purchase orders to designate sites for field-generated purchases.
  • Accounting and data entry
    • Fill out purchase orders in a detailed and timely fashion.
    • Commit costs to a job as soon as possible after the issue of a purchase order.
    • Reconcile differences between committed costs on a purchase order and invoice.
    • Try to help site users of our system on its functionality and use.


  • Communicates Effectively
  • Continuous Learning
  • Customer Focus
  • Holds Self and Others Accountable
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Values and Respects Others


  • Post-secondary diploma or degree in a construction related field is considered an asset.


  • 1-3 years’ experience working in mechanical procurement or for a mechanical supplier is a definite asset.


Proficient knowledge and understanding of:

  • Mechanical construction materials, equipment, and components
  • Quality Assurance Programs
  • ISO requirements

Black & McDonald welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.