The Purchasing Agent will increase company profitability and customer satisfaction by purchasing the ideal mix of materials and services in a timely manner, at the most competitive cost and highest quality, while maintaining proper inventory levels. The Purchasing Agent will coordinate vendor activity and negotiations. They will analyze trends in vendor pricing and sales activity using recent history, trends, and forecasts to determine the correct timing of purchases. The Purchasing Agent also keeps abreast of changes affecting both the supply and demand of products, has strong knowledge of warehouse and inventory control procedures, and reviews all requisitions and projections.
The following competencies have been identified as essential for successful execution of the Purchasing Agent role:
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