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Procurement buyers obtain production requirements by verifying, preparing, and forwarding purchase orders. They also verify receipt of items and authorize payment.

Are you a skilled negotiator? Can you spot a good product when you see it? Put your skills to work for you as a procurement buyer. You’ll spend your days looking for the best suppliers and vendors out there, negotiating deals and contracts that benefit your company most. This is a role where relationship building and communication skills are extremely important. This is a great position to get started in the world of advanced manufacturing.

As a procurement buyer, you’ll spend your days looking for and doing business with companies that sell the raw materials and services your company needs to complete its own manufacturing processes. You’ll know which materials your company needs and how they’re used to make a product, which might require you to visit the production floor and the warehouse.

Procurement buyers stick to a budget and do everything possible to save money. You’ll need excellent math and computer skills, and the ability to communicate clearly with everyone from customers to management to suppliers and vendors. You’ll keep records of all the purchases and contracts you make and report to a procurement manager.

While a procurement buyer is considered an entry-level job, there are lots of certification and training courses out there that will make your resume standout in the field.

Also Known As:

Purchasing Buyer, Purchasing Agent, Buyer, Procurement Agent, Purchasing Specialist

Procurement Buyer

Critical Skills

Required

  • Computers
  • Mathematics
  • Negotiation

Preferred

  • Advanced Computer Skills
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Communication - Internal and External
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Gathering or Getting Information
  • Negotiation
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Professionalism
  • Time Management

Key Responsibilities

  • Compare prices and services to find the best deal
  • Negotiate prices and contracts with vendors and suppliers
  • Work within budget constraints
  • Keep purchase records
  • Communicate with customers, engineers, and technicians
  • Ensure adequate material supply at all times
  • Monitor contracts with vendors to ensure compliance

Special Requirements

  • Able to Type Well
  • Communication Skills
  • Math or Finance

Interests

  • Finance
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Project Solutions
  • Purchasing

How to get this job

Courses in system software a plus. Finance or operations courses, operations experience, report writing are helpful.

Next Steps for this job

Take courses in finance, purchase orders, software programs, report and business writing, and operations.



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