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Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

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Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing.

    Work Activities
    • Monitor and follow applicable laws and regulations.
    • Prepare purchase orders, solicit bid proposals, and review requisitions for goods and services.
    • Negotiate, renegotiate, and administer contracts with suppliers, vendors, and other representatives.
    • Purchase the highest quality merchandise at the lowest possible price and in correct amounts.
    • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine reasonable prices.
    • Formulate policies and procedures for bid proposals and procurement of goods and services.
    • Maintain and review computerized or manual records of purchased items, costs, deliveries, product performance, and inventories.
    • Research and evaluate suppliers, based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, and the supplier's reputation and history.
    • Confer with staff, users, and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action.
    • Hire, train, or supervise purchasing clerks, buyers, and expediters.
    • Evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes.
    • Monitor shipments to ensure that goods come in on time, and resolve problems related to undelivered goods.
    • Study sales records and inventory levels of current stock to develop strategic purchasing programs that facilitate employee access to supplies.
    • Write and review product specifications, maintaining a working technical knowledge of the goods or services to be purchased.
    • Review catalogs, industry periodicals, directories, trade journals, and Internet sites and consult with other department personnel to locate necessary goods and services.
    • Interview vendors and visit suppliers' plants and distribution centers to examine and learn about products, services, and prices.
    • Monitor changes affecting supply and demand, tracking market conditions, price trends, or futures markets.
    • Arrange the payment of duty and freight charges.
    • Attend meetings, trade shows, conferences, conventions, and seminars to network with people in other purchasing departments.
    Skills
    • Negotiation

      Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    6
    Abilities
    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge
    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $62,650/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $30.12/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 13,190
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,010
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Special purpose telephones
    • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Project management software
    • Financial analysis software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Accounting software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.