Purchasing Agent at Common

| Greater NYC Area
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About Common 

Common is the nation’s leading residential brand offering convenience and community through coliving and traditional apartments. Our signature tech-enabled property management allows us to deliver unparalleled experiences across 40+ buildings, 6 cities, and over 1,500 members. Common is the preferred choice for both residents looking for a stress-free and all-inclusive living environment, and for real estate owners seeking reliable, above-market returns. Launched in October 2015, we now operate homes in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. and receive over 15,000 new member applications per month.

It’s an exciting time to be part of Common’s team. We challenge ourselves every day not just to think about ways to make city living better, but to activate those ideas in meaningful ways. Our team is comprised of real estate professionals, designers, engineers, salespeople, marketers, client service representatives, and so much more. We work collaboratively, value self-startership, and embrace a “whatever it takes” mentality to ensure our work is done and done well. Common sits squarely at the intersection between technology and real estate, working every day to build quality residential solutions that bring positive change to the world’s rental housing crisis. 

Common was founded by Brad Hargreaves and has raised $65MM in venture funding. Brad is a visionary leader with vast experience in the technology and service space, previously founding the education company General Assembly.

To follow the latest Common news, get to know our community of residents, and learn about what it’s like to work at Common, you can follow us on Instagram, Linkedin, and Twitter. To see more open roles and hear from Common employees check out our Careers Page

About the Role

Common’s Procurement Team is looking for a detail oriented professional to purchase the FF&E for our growing network of homes, as well as other procurement needs across the wider company. In addition, the Purchasing Agent will be tasked with continuously optimizing processes and reducing supplier costs. This role will report to our Supply Chain Manager.

Responsibilities 

  • Purchase all Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) for new homes and replacement FF&E for operational homes
  • Purchase other items across the wider organization including but limited to shared goods, cleaning supplies, office goods etc.
  • Manage product lead times, ensure project timelines are met and problem solve issues should they arise
  • Track orders, deliveries and inventory to ensure FF&E has arrived and is able to meet project schedules, including managing Common contracted 3PLs to ensure visibility into Common inventory
  • Manage and report on project budgets
  • Approve payments and maintain records of all transactions, purchase orders and receipts
  • Proactively communicate and coordinate with other internal departments to ensure project timelines and budgets are met
  • Negotiate trading terms and discounts with vendors
  • Analyze FF&E replacement costs and procurement expenses to identify trends and opportunities
  • Develop, improve and execute purchasing strategies
  • And other ad-hoc projects and responsibilities from time to time and based on business needs

Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree or equivalent work experience 
  • 1-2 years minimum in a purchasing or buying position (experience using an ERP (Netsuite) system a bonus, although not required)
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Ability to manage tasks and deadlines across multiple projects
  • Strong attention to detail + resourceful problem solver 
  • Emotional Intelligence + strong interpersonal skills
  • Scrappy and resourceful problem solver
  • A team player with a “can-do” attitude who will ask for help when needed

What We Offer 

Common truly values our employees and wants to do everything to ensure that our employees are not only happy and professionally fulfilled, but also that they have the opportunity to be healthy. Because of this, we are committed to providing a number of affordable and valuable health and wellness benefits for our employees such as paid vacation and sick time, medical, dental and vision insurance, Company paid life insurance, Company paid STD/LTD, FSA + HSA options, commuter transit benefits, paid parental leave and a 401K. Additional benefits such as equity, paid holidays, weekly team lunches + happy hours, a fully stocked kitchen, job training + development opportunities + a great wellness program are also available. And as always, we are regularly evaluating our offerings to ensure employees' needs are being met.

We are committed to affirmatively providing equal opportunity to all associates and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, legally protected physical or mental disability, military or veteran status or any other basis protected under applicable federal or state law.


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Location

You can find our team taking meetings in Bryant Park, catching up over coffee at Blue Stone or commuting right out of Grand Central Station!

An Insider's view of Common

What are some social events your company does?

Every Thursday we host the "happiest hour" at 5 PM in our office. This is a great way for teams to mingle and take a break from work while playing chess, checkers, Jenga, etc. with people on other teams over some beer, rosé and mocktails.

Jodi

Leasing Manager

What does your typical day look like?

As our first Product Manager, every day looks different! I'm thinking strategically about initiatives in our roadmap, getting consensus on minimum viable product designs, drafting tickets and working with engineers, and supporting them through the development process. I also support other departments' technology requests and manage their priority.

Joel

Product Manager

What does career growth look like on your team?

Cross-department moves and promotions are encouraged and welcomed always! On my team specifically, my manager is super interested in helping us grow and learning what responsibilities we want to take on to further our career growth. We focus on each other's strengths and make sure that we are working at our full potential.

Christina

Benefits + Payroll Specialist

What is your vision for the company?

Common is making city living better by designing and operating community-driven homes. 75 million Americans live with roommates, and Common is addressing this housing need by creating homes designed for sharing through community, convenience, and affordability. With thousands of beds under development, Common is a leader in new ways of living.

Brad

Founder + CEO

What makes someone successful on your team?

On Common’s marketing team, I love that success means more than just putting your head down and getting the work done. Everyone is empowered and encouraged to take a step back, look at the bigger picture, and decide what’s really important for our consumers to know about us. It allows us to not get too in the weeds and be the best team we can be.

Molly

Communications Manager

What are Common Perks + Benefits

Common Benefits Overview

Common truly values our employees and wants to do everything to ensure that our employees are not only happy and professionally fulfilled, but also that they have the opportunity to be healthy. Because of this, we are committed to providing a number of affordable and valuable health and wellness benefits for our employees.
And as always, we are regularly evaluating our offerings to ensure employees needs are being met.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Common offers company-paid life insurance up to 1x your annual salary.
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
In office yoga + meditation and discounts + perks.
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Up to 16 weeks paid leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Common offers 12 company paid holidays + one floating holiday to use as needed.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Weekly team lunch provided on Tuesdays!
Happy Hours
In-office weekly bar-cart!
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications
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