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Purchasing Agent

Description

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We are looking for a detail-oriented Purchasing Agent to manage our company's procurement activities. The Purchasing Agent's responsibilities include developing purchasing strategies, maintaining positive relationships with suppliers, coordinating with internal teams regarding their supply needs, and overseeing the purchasing team in their daily activities. The ideal candidate should be able to negotiate well, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and be a team player. They should also have a good understanding of supply chain procedures and a keen eye for detail.

Responsibilities

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  • Developing and implementing purchasing strategies.
  • Managing daily purchasing activities, supervising staff, and allocating tasks.
  • Managing supplier relations and negotiating contracts, prices, timelines, etc.
  • Maintaining the supplier database, purchase records, and related documentation.
  • Coordinating with inventory control to determine and manage inventory needs.
  • Managing the maintenance of office/manufacturing equipment and machinery.
  • Ensuring that all procured items meet the required quality standards and specifications.
  • Preparing cost estimates and managing budgets.
  • Working to improve purchasing systems and processes.
  • Training new employees in the purchasing process and how to use the purchasing system.

Requirements

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  • A degree in business administration or a related field.
  • Experience as a Purchasing Officer or in a similar position.
  • Deep knowledge of inventory and supply chain management.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and purchasing software.
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills.
  • Good analytical and strategic thinking skills.
  • Supervisory and management experience.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong organizational skills.

Potential interview questions

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  • What is your experience with purchasing systems?
  • How do you handle supplier negotiations?
  • Can you describe a time when you had to make a difficult decision regarding a purchase?
  • How do you manage your time and prioritize tasks?
  • What strategies do you use to maintain positive relationships with suppliers?