Sidley Austin LLP Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 2 months ago


The Buyer will support day to day Firm Procurement activities for the Firm under the direction of the Procurement Manager. The Buyer will conduct Requests for Information (RFI), Requests for Proposal (RFP) or Requests for Quote (RFQ) for products, equipment, supplies and services to ensure that business requirements are being met at the best Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). The Buyer will analyze quotations and make recommendations to Procurement Leadership based on price, availability, terms, quality, and past performance. This position has an emphasis on customer service and cost savings. Effective project management skills are crucial as well as excellent interpersonal skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Process requisitions, research and evaluate product and service quality and total cost, and document competitive bidding process.

  • Conduct supplier prequalification and evaluation to ensure sources are capable of filling present or future needs and meet established Firm vendor criteria.

  • Assist in negotiating and managing supplier agreements, ensuring commercial terms and service levels are aligned with negotiated pricing and deliverables.

  • Develop and dispatch purchase orders on approval and assist with tracking of activity

  • Resolve supplier performance and supply chain issues.

  • Establish and maintain positive relationships and communications with customers to achieve effective and efficient purchasing operations.

  • Provide guidance to user base for preferred methods of sourcing, contracting, procurement and payment.

  • Lead assigned departmental projects and initiatives, and efficiently manage from initiation to completion.

  • Ensure all procurement policies and processes are followed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (the "Duties") above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Employees or applicants who need an accommodation should contact Human Resources.

Education and/or Experience:


  • Bachelor's Degree in either Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance or equivalent

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a procurement-oriented role

  • Ability to perform detailed comparative financial analysis and present findings in logical, concise manner.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.


  • Certified Procurement Manager (CPM) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM)
  • Experience with e-Procurement systems

Other Skills and Abilities:

The following will also be required of the successful candidate:

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Good judgment

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others

  • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion

  • Able to work under pressure

  • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities

Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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