Purchasing Agent
Description

  

Duties/Responsibilities:

o Place orders for raw materials and manufactured components. 

o Expedite orders with suppliers as required, to ensure on time delivery, preventing stockouts and production downtime.

o Track on time and late deliveries. 

o Issue change notifications when required.

o Responsible for processing rejected material and the return of merchandise.

o Work with Accounting Department to resolve invoicing issues.

o Negotiate price, availability, delivery schedules and terms.

o Review and process proposals and quotes.

o Set up and monitor blanket orders.

o Source parts & material via internet, tradeshow, suppliers listing etc. for launching new and existing products.

o Work with Engineering-on-Engineering Change Notices (ECNs), new part number set ups and supplier relationships.

o Vendor development, sourcing, and relationship management (including vendor visits).

o Track vendor performance.

o Communicate with all internal departments to determine any additional purchasing needs.

o Review requisitions and create purchase orders when needed.

o Conduct periodic review and analysis of the inventory of slowing moving and critical items.

o Facilitate R&D in sourcing new materials and contract negotiations.

o Set up new suppliers and update current suppliers’ data.

o Act as a change agent, supporting project management and strategic initiatives.

o Performs other related duties as assigned. 

Requirements

  

Required Skills/Abilities:

o Thorough understanding of commodity management and supply chain practices

o Ability to professionally communicate (verbal and written) with others at all levels in the company, as well as with external partners.

Education/Experience:

o Experience with furniture, plastics, steel, or wood industries helpful but not required

o Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

o Minimum of five years previous purchasing experience 

Physical Requirements:

o General office environment

o Up to 10% travel