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Purchasing Agent

Location: Glasgow, MO
Date Posted: 10-25-2017
Purchasing Agent
Job Summary: The purchasing agent is responsible for ensuring that material and supplies are ordered and delivered in time to maintain the production schedule as well as managing the costs of our raw materials and supplies.  After learning our company purchasing policies and procedures, the Purchasing Agent will be part of the purchasing / engineering / production scheduling team that develops the production schedule and identifies purchasing needs.  The production schedule can change quickly:  flexibility and a strong sense of urgency are required. 
  • Obtain quotes, issue purchase orders, and ensure that deliveries are made on time; contact vendors and inform management when there are discrepancies.
  • Compare quotations and negotiate with vendors to obtain material at the lowest cost while meeting quality and delivery requirements.
  • Maintain strong working relationships with vendors and company personnel.
  • Develop a network of multiple vendors for all key materials to ensure that we are always getting competitive pricing and delivery.
  • Research, qualify and develop new vendors.
  • Review purchase orders with vendors and maintain open lines of communication with those vendors.
  • Learn our equipment and processes so as to better understand purchasing needs and anticipate demand.
  • High school diploma (Associates degree or higher preferred)
  • 3+ years’ experience in a purchasing role
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Working knowledge of MS Office and purchasing software
  • Understanding of JIT ordering process and lead time requirements.
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Detail oriented with a strong comment to supporting and working within a team environment.
The successful candidate will be charged with conducting regular price comparisons to ensure that the company is always getting the best price for each product that is purchased.
We are a mid-sized manufacturer with a casual, small office work environment.  The Purchasing Agent will be given a good deal of authority and autonomy to make decisions.
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