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Procurement Specialist Local Services

Rio Tinto
Boron, CA, USA
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Aug 22, 2022

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Procurement Specialist- Local Services
  • Exposure to site ownership and project management
  • Opportunity to work for a global company
  • Competitive benefits and compensation package - Boron or Wilmington, California

About the role

We are looking for a Procurement Specialist - Local Services Rio Tinto Borates and Lithium to support the Rio Tinto Minerals California Operations located in Boron and Wilmington CA. Working directly with a mining and processing team and recommending strategies and creative supply chain solutions.

Rio Tinto Procurement provides supply chain services that deliver value to the Rio Tinto Group through the strategic sourcing and buying of goods and services for all operations and businesses. Playing a fundamental role, value is achieved through uniformed processes, e-technology, increased corporate social responsibility, and measurable saving for the Group.

This role is a great opportunity for an energetic and enthusiastic individual to work for a global company. Working 5 days on and 2 off the roster and reporting to Service Delivery Manager:
  • Procurement project leader for Engineering Projects and Capital Equipment.
  • Creation and maintenance of stakeholder approved Category Strategy for relevant categories
  • Ensure qualification of suppliers and compliance with Rio Tinto Procurement Policy.
  • Preparation and management of Request for Information and Request for Quotation documents
  • Preparation of comparative analysis and sourcing recommendations resulting from proposals received.
  • Lead business-critical negotiations and effectively secure outcomes that align to strategic procurement priorities and provide leadership skills to support teams to develop negotiation skills.
  • Draft and execute required contracts and master service agreements
  • Generating creative supply chain solutions that balance people, goals, methods, policies, and procedures that integrate with requirements.
  • Generating new ideas to improve procurement outcomes and guide others in resolving complex issues based on existing solutions and procedures.

About you

To succeed in this role, you will have:
  • A Bachelor's degree in engineering, business, statistical analysis, communications is desirable
  • A combination of related supply chain training, purchasing practices, contract management, or considerable work experience may be considered an equivalent
  • 2+ years of project management and management of material resources
  • Energetic and curious individual who will challenge the specifications prepared by the technical teams
  • Project Procurement knowledge or significant Procurement background
  • Excellent communication skills to engage with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Advanced negotiation and persuasion skills
  • Active listening and learning skills
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Presentation and operations analysis
  • Health and safety consciousness, adhere to a strict code of ethical conduct, empower employees to work independently and make decisions
  • Experience with SAP Materials Management is an advantage

What we offer

We are committed to providing our employees with a generous benefits package. Be recognized for your contribution, your thinking, your hard work, and go home knowing you've helped the world progress, we provide:
  • A safety-focused and inclusive working environment
  • Advantageous salary package with annual cash incentive awards (STIP) for eligible employees
  • Access to top-tier family-friendly health programs including medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, life insurance coverage, and various voluntary benefits.
  • Excellent retirement plan including up to 6% defined company contribution; Generous 401k matching program
  • Generous Rio Tinto employee share program, which allows you to purchase Rio Tinto Company shares.
  • Comprehensive leave policies which cover all moments that matter in life: PTO (paid time off), paid holidays, and paid bereavement leave.
  • A favorable child-caregiver leave program (Up to 100% salary top-up)
  • Discount programs for leisure purposes and access to Virgin Pulse with incentives supporting your wellbeing
  • Ongoing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and your family; to help in addressing educational opportunities, addiction treatment, depression, stress, domestic issues, financial management, and legal concerns.
  • Our team and industry experts are here to support and work with you to explore your learning potential and career goals

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls 'progress' begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers - generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Borates are a key ingredient in fertilizers, glass manufacture, and household construction products. Lithium will help electrify the world.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium - the world's first to be certified 'responsible' - helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities, and our boron helps feed the world and explore the universe. Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Where you will be working

Rio Tinto Global Procurement ensures resilient supply chains that deliver value to the Rio Tinto Group through the strategic sourcing and buying of goods and services for our operations. Playing a fundamental role, value is achieved through effective supplier partnerships, innovation, easy and standardized processes, e-technology, corporate social responsibility, and increased commercial advantage.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQ+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities, and people from different cultural backgrounds.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

Rio Tinto participates in E-Verify to confirm work authorization. Please visit for more information.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable being themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome - they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.


We work in 36 countries – in mines, smelters and refineries, as well as in sales offices, data centres, research and development labs and with artificial intelligence. Our geologists explore the Earth’s wildest terrain. Our wildlife specialists work to protect and conserve grizzly bears in Canada and migratory shorebirds in Western Australia. Our marketing teams make sure our essential materials meet the specific needs of customers around the world. In Australia, our archaeologists work alongside Indigenous Australians to preserve 40,000-year-old rock art.

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