The CalAtlantic Group

Purchasing Manager

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Corona, CA


Be a part of CalAtlantic Group, Inc. where building the dream of home from coast to coast is our mission. Our culture is established from great leadership and dynamic teams across the country, driven to become the preferred builder of choice for customers, employees and shareholders. As the nation’s fourth largest residential homebuilder, CalAtlantic Homes proudly operates in 19 states serving 43 major markets. As a talented organization with a long proven history of success, CalAtlantic provides you the opportunity to join this outstanding team in the new homebuilding industry.#LI-JS1


The primary responsibility of the Purchasing Manager is to be able to lead all assigned purchasing related functions, options and estimating responsibilities. The ability to manage and evaluate personnel and lead a team in a high output work environment is important to the success in this position. Strong estimating and budgeting skills are critical, along with work flow organization and option management skills are required. The ability to read all building plans with a high level of understanding and recognize conflict is essential, this includes field conflict resolution skills. Superior negotiation skills are required and should be refreshed through ongoing training and industry related education opportunities.


This role may require similar responsibilities and duties as a Regional Purchasing Agent during peak demands to ensure that workload demands are accomplished when team capacities cannot accommodate the demand. It is understood that the manger role this is considered to be a “working manager” role when necessary.  


This position requires a clear understanding on how the entire regional operation is structured, with multiple satellite operations/divisions that will require specific local operational differences and processes. Although certain major purchasing functions are regionalized, other local functions/process must be maintained to properly service the local satellite operations and personnel. This regional structure requires a flexible and service oriented approach that can be complicated at times. Leadership skills that are in alignment with the company culture and values are required to ensure that our reputation and culture is protected in all aspects of our business. Learning together in a team environment while creating an experience that attracts high performing individuals is critical to the success in this position.


Key Responsibilities:


Manager Capabilities:

  • The primary role is to lead the day-to-day functions of the department and provide all levels of management in a high performance team work environment.
  • Detailed cost and budget evaluation skills is critical along with the ability to produce and provide detailed reporting to senior management
  • Superior conflict management skills are required
  • Ability to lead with a team first attitude and evaluate and train staff is an ongoing responsibility.
  • Superior negotiation and trade management skills are critical to success

Purchasing Capabilities:

  • Primary purchasing point of contact (lead the team) for all information, all changes, and all updates. This includes any approved changes, P.O.’s, specification or option information and direction. This enables the Lead PA to be aware of everything going on at the community and enables the PA to give proper direction to all team members, especially model complex changes and overall purchasing strategy
  • Provide leadership and direction on coordination of phase releases, contracts, scopes and cutoff date information. This includes processing of any purchase orders for items such as; enhanced elevations, portable toilets, temp power, etc.
  • Responsible for JDE, Buzzsaw and any community file setup that is required. Budgets, bid spreadsheet, MSA’s, bid list maintenance, lien release information/prelim information
  • Continuous review and maintenance of community specifications, Initial input of purchasing product specifications into spreadsheet for bidding and scope of work purposes
  • Communication of sequence sheet, plan and phasing information to all Subcontractors and team members as necessary
  • Community option catalog review and leadership direction, i.e., what will be offered, edits, strategy and scheduling
  • Distribution of designer plans, change bulletins, option choices and updates to all staff and subcontractors. Single point of contact for distribution of updates and community information. “Lead the team”
  • Attend frame walk, Designer walks and any other walks/meetings requested or required by any other department or business need
  • Ability to obtain and evaluate all documents required for bidding, including: Architectural Plans, Structural Plans, Post Tension Plans, Title 24s, Soil Reports, etc.

  • Ability to negotiate with trade contractors and manufacturers at a technical level as required, including some estimating/takeoff skills

  • Ensure that an adequate trade base is maintained at all times to meet all bidding and production requirements

  • Ability to evaluate trade partners, products and minimize costs and evaluate best total value. This function may require some consideration to local division needs and input

  • Proficient in the use of MS Excel, MS Word, JD Edwards and Studio Chateau with the ability to direct and train others in all systems

  • Ability to produce schedule updates and maintain assigned work flow to meet or exceed business plan requirements

  • Ability to delegate to team members and provide leadership to team members, trades and consultants to maintain a high performance team

  • Ability to perform team evaluations and assist in setting goals to enhance growth and meet company goals with a team approach  

  • Responsible to understand and meet all internal audit requirements and maintain best total value in negotiating contracts on all projects.  

  • Ability to read and understand architectural plans and provide detailed direction to the team as required for purchasing of all products 

  • Budget Management – Input original pro-forma, maintain budgets and provide quarterly budget reporting data.

  • Maintain monthly lot scrubbing, JA maintenance

  • Maintain monthly PBCR – budget comparison

  • Maintain compliance with all internal controls

  • Maintain option margin reporting and pricing structure



  • 5 years supervisory experience with some leadership skills

  • Extensive knowledge in Excel and JDE onsite (sticks and bricks) budget preparation

  • Detail and goal oriented individual with demonstrated capabilities in leadership attributes

  • Preferred 4 year degree, or minimum of 7 years’ experience as a Senior Purchasing Agent

  • Experienced in field operation management and strong scheduling skills

  • Proficient in mathematical calculations and advanced math skills

  • Strong negotiation skills and well versed in bidding requirements

  • Strong budget management skills, along with process management skills.


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