We are currently searching for a Purchasing Agent. As a Purchasing Agent, you’ll spend your day working with suppliers to ensure the organization has the right amount of product to take care of customers' needs at any one time. This particular position will be located in Kansas City, MO.
We’re looking for exceptional people with the following skills:
Maintain appropriate product quantities in multiple facilities
Exercise business judgment regarding order frequency and allocation
Ability to multi-task and react to changing priorities
Ability to manage complex transactions
Strong analytical/quantitative skills
Summary of duties:
Place orders with suppliers or vendors and ensure documents are in order, with terms and conditions being clear.
Perform data input functions including but not limited to purchase orders for all business units, new item set up, maintenance of existing item numbers, input and maintenance of bill of materials and routers, item costing and sell pricing.
Review material requirement reports to determine inventory requirements.
Determine if inventory quantities are sufficient for needs, ordering more materials when necessary.
Compare prices, specifications, and delivery dates in order to determine the best bid among potential suppliers.
Prepare purchase orders and send copies to suppliers and to departments originating requests
Contact suppliers in order to schedule or expedite deliveries and to resolve shortages missed or late deliveries, and other problems.
Respond to customer and supplier inquiries about order status, changes, or cancellations.
Review requisition orders in order to verify accuracy, terminology, and specifications.
Locate suppliers, using sources such as catalogs and the internet, and interview them to gather information about products to be ordered.
A minimum of 5 years of experience in a Purchasing environment.
Experience in a manufacturing/distribution environment is required, preferably in a related industry
Bachelor’s degree in purchasing or business or equivalent experience.
Ability to establish credibility and be decisive while recognizing and supporting the organization’s preferences and priorities.
Possess strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact effectively with diverse personalities and individuals of all levels within and outside the organization.
High energy level, comfortable handling multiple tasks in conjunction with day to day activities.
Good reasoning abilities, sound judgment.
Excellent communication skills.
Resourceful and well organized.
Analytical capabilities including data analysis related to quote analysis and benchmarking.
Ability to manage difficult suppliers and resolve disputes while preserving relationships with suppliers and internal staff.
Problem solving ability in cross functional and multicultural environment.
Clear written and verbal communication skills.
Strong negotiation and persuasion skills.