Norfolk Southern Supervisor Purchasing in Norfolk, Virginia


Job Description

Primary Purpose:

Assists in negotiating and coordinating major system purchases of assigned items for operations.

Principal Duties:

  • Places orders for assigned items using current price records, purchase agreements and by means of inquiry and/or negotiations with the most favorable suppliers.

  • Negotiates materials or services in excess of limits established by management and sends to Manager Purchasing for approval.

  • Participates in the negotiation of corporate system wide leases for office equipment with major suppliers and serves as the system point person, verifying user requirements.

  • Assists in the preparation of the annual Corporate operating budget for assigned items.

  • Forecasts and verifies material needs for NS operating departments.

  • Stays abreast of changing industrial standards through vendor relations, industrial publications, and plant visits whenever possible to confirm that cost effective changes in material specifications are presented to the user departments.

Job Related Experience:

Minimum Level: Less than 1 year Preferred Level: 1-2 years


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

Preferred Majors:

  • Business

  • Engineering

Licenses / Certifications: Required: None listed Preferred: Certified Purchasing Manager

Technical Skills:

  • Material Management System

  • Brio

  • MS Excel/Spreadsheets

  • MS Outlook

  • MS Word/Word Processing

Skills and Abilities:

  • Analytical Thinking

  • Communication Skills

  • Persuading Others

  • Carefulness with Details

  • Identifying and Considering Alternatives

Work Conditions

Environment: Office

Shift Work: No

On-Call: Yes

Weekend Work: Yes

Travel Required: 3 - 5 Days per Month,

Company Overview

Norfolk Southern Corporation(NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500route milesin 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. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

We are a team of more than 28,000 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.

Norfolk Southern is an equal opportunity employer including veterans and disabled.