Purchasing Agent - Solar

Downers Grove, IL 60439

Employment Type: Contract Job Category: Other Professional Job Number: HJ711067391 Compensation: $35-70 / hour

Job Description

Title: Procurement Specialist (Solar)

Hire Type: 12+ Month Contract


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Job Summary:

Sterling Engineering’s premiere client in the Chicagoland area is seeking a highly analytical Purchasing Manager to aid in the procurement of solar panels for their clean energy initiatives.

Job Duties:

  • Research and identify potential suppliers of fabricated/engineering equipment.
  • Evaluate supplier capabilities, quality standards, and capacity to meet the company's needs.
  • Establish a network of reliable vendors capable of providing required equipment within specified timelines.
  • Negotiate pricing, terms, and contracts with suppliers to ensure favorable terms for the company.
  • Obtain competitive quotes and analyze cost structures to achieve cost savings without compromising quality.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with suppliers, fostering open communication and collaboration.
  • Monitor supplier performance, addressing any issues that arise, such as delays, quality concerns, or deviations from specifications.
  • Continuously assess and improve procurement processes to enhance efficiency and reduce lead times.
  • Prepare and process purchase orders in accordance with company policies and procedures.
  • Ensure accuracy of order details, quantities, pricing, and delivery schedules.
  • Work closely with quality assurance teams to establish and enforce quality standards for purchased equipment.
  • Conduct supplier audits and inspections to ensure compliance with specifications.


  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Engineering, or a related field (or equivalent work experience)
  • Experience procuring solar panels is a huge plus!


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Meet Your Recruiter

Ally Boushley

Ally Boushley is a seasoned Technical Recruiter specializing in the Commercial Division, boasting a remarkable 8-year career in the dynamic realm of recruitment. Ally's passion for matchmaking candidates with the perfect roles and her knack for uncovering rare talents make her a respected figure in the talent acquisition landscape.

As a Technical Recruiter, Ally's profound understanding of industry intricacies within the Commercial Division allows her to excel in her craft. Her expertise bridges the gap between candidates and clients and positions her as a strategic partner in shaping their success stories.

Ally's true joy in recruiting comes from her ability to be a talent matchmaker. She revels in the thrill of finding elusive "purple squirrel" candidates with rare and exceptional skills that perfectly align with niche job requirements. Exploring new industries, discovering unique companies, and learning about diverse skill sets fuels her passion. For Ally, knowledge is power, and she actively seeks opportunities to expand her understanding of the ever-evolving recruitment landscape.

Her advice to job seekers is simple yet profound: Always take the interview. Ally understands that every interview holds the potential to lead to unexpected opportunities or connections that can positively change one's career trajectory. She encourages candidates to approach each interview as a valuable learning experience and a chance to meet influential individuals who may shape their future.

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