Sr. Corporate Procurement Agent (Contracts)

Date: Apr 10, 2024

Location: Irvine, California, US

Company: Kia America, Inc.

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




This position is responsible for administration of purchase of goods and services for KUS.  The Sr. Procurement Agent will be responsible for managing KUS’s Purchasing process from sourcing to payment.  The Sr. Procurement Agent will provide guidance and direction to internal Business Units on Purchasing policies and procedures as well as monitor and enforce the Purchasing Policy.

The Sr. Procurement Agent will serve as the point of contact for contract administration including but not limited to contract negotiations and change management process.

Major Responsibilities

1st Priority - 20%   

Creation and administration of Request for Information (RFI), and Request for Proposal (RFP), assist operational department to development of statements of work, service agreements, with minimal direction

2nd Priority - 30%

Lead and facilitate supplier selection, cost/price analysis of supplier responses and quotes, and contract negotiations.

3rd Priority - 30%

Develop strong relationships with internal business partners to engage them on a timely basis as appropriate to ensure agreements are consistent with company objectives and procedures. Maintain relationships with suppliers while continually seeking for additional vendors.

4th Priority - 10%

Develop and execute strategies to maximize spend by identifying and qualifying savings potential for specific projects..

5th Priority - 10%

Administration of proper procurement documentation. Conduct reconciliation of project costs to ensure all costs are in-line with planned budgets.


  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, finance, accounting, or related discipline.
  • MBA a plus.

Overall Experience

  • Seven to ten years of experience in purchasing of goods and/or services or related experience.
  • Complete understanding and experience with analysis and negotiation of various contract types (i.e., firm-fixed, cost-plus, time & material etc.).
  • Experience with integrated purchasing/accounting/financial systems. SAP Preferred.
  • Experience with purchasing of corporate indirect services preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of general accounting practices and principles.

Directly Related Experience

  • Strong analytical skills.  Proven ability to perform cost/price analysis.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and quality.  Ability to complete assigned projects from inception to completion with minimum guidance.
  • Strong negotiation skills.


Advanced knowledge of standard PC software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills, both verbally and in writing.
Experience with SAP


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Dare to Push Boundaries
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Move Further, Together

Pay Range

$76,535 - $99,462

Pay will be based on several variables that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to, job-related skills, experience, relevant education or training, etc.


Equal Employment Opportunities

KUS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KUS complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KUS has offices.  The KUS EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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