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Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semifinished materials for manufacturing. May negotiate contracts.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Prepare purchase orders, solicit bid proposals, and review requisitions for goods and services.
    • Monitor and follow applicable laws and regulations.
    • Purchase the highest quality merchandise at the lowest possible price and in correct amounts.
    • Negotiate, renegotiate, and administer contracts with suppliers, vendors, and other representatives.
    • 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.
    • Confer with staff, users, and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action.
    • Research and evaluate suppliers, based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, and the supplier's reputation and history.
    • 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.
    • Monitor changes affecting supply and demand, tracking market conditions, price trends, or futures markets.
    • Interview vendors and visit suppliers' plants and distribution centers to examine and learn about products, services, and prices.
    • 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 64770/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 31.14/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 18,580
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,710

    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

    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Laser fax machine
    • Desktop computers
    • Desktop calculator

    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.

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