Careers at Cummings

Purchasing Agent



You are an experienced strategic-minded negotiator who is skilled in procurement, project management, and contract management. With operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness as your goals, you are able to organize information and communicate it (both orally and in writing) effectively. You stand out among colleagues because of your exceptional work ethic. You demonstrate accuracy and meticulous attention to detail, and are proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel. Possessing both the motivation and aptitude to learn and adapt on the job, you are seeking a new opportunity with potential for rapid advancement into a supervisory role.


One of the most financially stable commercial real estate firms in the country, Cummings Properties is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, a belief in collaboration, and a dedication to giving back to the community. For 50 years, our firm has operated – and thrived – with a non-bureaucratic culture that emphasizes open communication and innovative thinking. Its philanthropic affiliate, Cummings Foundation, is one of the largest private foundations in New England and has awarded grants of more than $280 million to greater Boston nonprofits.


As a purchasing agent, you will work with the purchasing manager and fellow agents on the procurement and project management aspects of many of Cummings’ construction/development projects and ongoing maintenance operations. Current projects include new multi-story commercial buildings, exterior façade and building interior upgrades, and office, medical office, retail, light industrial, and laboratory fit-ups. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing day-to-day purchasing bids, including:
    • Estimating, negotiating, and purchasing commercial construction labor and materials
    • Locating alternative competitive vendors for best pricing and value
    • Negotiating, evaluating, preparing, and processing purchase orders
    • Promoting and maintaining favorable vendor relations
    • Expediting the delivery of goods and services
  • Reliably organizing, administering, and monitoring a range of contracts—and critically reviewing such contracts during negotiations and on an ongoing basis—including:
    • Property services contracts
    • Construction services contracts
    • Energy supply purchase agreements
  • Optimizing purchasing operations by:
    • Identifying and implementing cost-saving initiatives
    • Streamlining recurring processes (e.g., purchase order system, invoicing, etc.)
    • Adapting purchasing capabilities to meet evolving priorities and changing conditions

Qualified candidates will have at least three years of relevant experience. Interested applicants should forward a resume and detailed cover letter, including references and salary expectations, to

Thank you for considering a position with our firm. Cummings Properties is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In the interest of the health and well-being of our employees and clients, we have a zero tolerance policy for prohibited drug use.