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Date posted:  Jan 14, 2022

Perth, WA, AU

Job Function:  Supply chain
Job Type:  Temporary
Job Requisition ID:  10284

Purchasing Officer (20 Months Fixed-Term)

We at Yara are part of a global network, collaborating to profitably and responsibly solve some of the world's key challenges - resource scarcity, food insecurity and environmental change.

About the Unit

Yara grows knowledge to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet, to fulfill our vision of a collaborative society, a world without hunger and a planet respected.  To meet these commitments, we have taken the lead in developing digital farming tools for precision farming and work closely with partners throughout the whole food value chain to develop more climate-friendly crop nutrition solutions. In addition, we are committed to working towards sustainable mineral fertilizer production. We foster an open culture of diversity and inclusion that promotes the safety and integrity of our employees, contractors, business partners, and society at large. Founded in 1905 to solve the emerging famine in Europe, Yara has a worldwide presence of about 17,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries.


Our operations in Western Australia have created a downstream processing precinct in the resource rich Pilbara region. We have two facilities, using natural gas as the key input, located in an approved strategic industrial estate established by the Australian and Western Australian governments. The Yara Pilbara Fertilisers plant is one of the largest ammonia production sites in the world and we export ammonia to domestic and global markets from the nearby port of Dampier, which is mainly used in fertilisers to help feed the world. We have taken the ammonia process further downstream with the Yara Pilbara Nitrates Technical Ammonium Nitrate (TAN) plant. A joint venture with Orica, the facility converts ammonia into a material crucial for the mines located throughout the Pilbara. Yara Pilbara and ENGIE will also build a renewable hydrogen plant to produce renewable ammonia. As part of the ARENA Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round, the Australian government is providing strong support for this project with a A$42.5 million grant. Scheduled for completion in 2023, the facility will be one of the world’s first industrial-scale renewable hydrogen production operations.


Our employees from all over the world work together to achieve common goals. The pace can be fast and our challenges complex, but the atmosphere is welcoming and inclusive. Become part of a global network collaborating to responsibly and profitably solve some of the world’s biggest challenges — resource scarcity, food insecurity, and environmental change.


Looking for an exciting new challenge? Yara are seeking applications for their 20 months fixed-term role of Purchasing Officer. Reporting to the Materials Superintendent, the Purchasing Officer is responsible for ensuring that goods and services are procured to the satisfaction of corporate and operational requirements, effectively, efficiently and in accordance with Yara policies and procedures. 


The primary responsibilities include:

•    Checking to ensure appropriate authorisation on Purchase Requisitions, and other relevant internal and external documents;
•    Requesting quotations, evaluating bids, negotiating and evaluating proposals from Suppliers and Contractors;  
•    Negotiating and the award of a variety of Purchase and Service Orders including: Spare Parts and Consumable orders; Capital Equipment orders; Consultancy Agreements; Rental or Lease Agreements; orders for the provision of mechanical, electrical or other trades labour performed on a lump sum or schedule of rates basis; lower level mechanical, electrical, civil, construction or capital works contracts usually performed on a fixed lump sum basis;
•    Checking to ensure that Request for Quote (RFQ) summaries and purchase order documents are accurate and professionally prepared – particularly those requiring higher authority to commit funds;
•    Effectively utilising computerised Purchasing and Materials Management systems to enhance individual performance and accuracy for the benefit of all users;
•    Proactive expediting of department Purchase Orders;
•    Assisting with invoice queries to ensure prompt payment to vendors;
•    Cooperating with staff of user departments so that realistic quality control and supply schedules are established and maintained;
•    Generating annual cost savings resulting from effective personal and team initiatives and strategies during the course of committing company funds;
•    Effectively utilising the computerised procurement and materials management systems, with specific emphasis on contractor/supplier performance, stock control and cost reduction;
•    Analyse and evaluate purchasing problems, arriving at and drawing conclusion in accordance with the Commercial Department policies and procedures;
•    Resolve problem with resource allocation priorities, time constraints, contracts, vendor performance, payment release, transport and logistics; 

Join us at Yara - click “Apply” to submit your application.


•    Certificate in Procurement/Supply Management Front Line Management 
•    Minimum 5 years within a procurement and supply environment 
•    Possess a high level of communication skills – verbal and written
•    Understanding of the Supply Chain process 
•    Team member participation 
•    Competent usage in Excel Spreadsheet, Word, Outlook and other MS Suites
•    Experience in oil and gas, chemical processing or mining and manufacturing processes
•    Background relevant to commerce and commercial activities, including Procurement Law 
•    Basic understanding of account processing and IT systems 
•    Fluent English is essential.
•    Australian/New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency. Temporary work visa holders are not eligible for this role.

Additional Information

We welcome and encourage women and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent to apply. 

For more information on Yara International please access www.yara.com.au

We reserve the right to close this advertisement before the closing date.


What's On Offer

•    Industry-leading paid parental leave 
•    Excellent remuneration package
•    Wellness programs
•    Culturally diverse workforce with a D&I Ambassador program
•    Salary packaging available
•    Active Social Club
•    Learning and development opportunities 

Apply no later than

11 February 2022

Knowledge grows through differences
Yara is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that creating a diverse and inclusive work environment is not only the right thing, but also the smart thing to do. To deliver on this, Yara has firmly anchored Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in our business strategy and has more than 400 employees worldwide involved in D&I ambassador networks. 

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