Purchasing Agent

Job Description:

Directs, reviews, and coordinates selection and purchase of materials and equipment for the company.

Essential Functions / Major Responsibilities:

  • Manages purchasing of materials and equipment for the company.
  • Reviews requisitions and accurately completes purchase orders within 5 business days for supplies and equipment.
  • Analyzes market & delivery systems to determine present and future material availability and opportunities to combine job purchases for cost savings.
  • Expedites and tracks material as required to assure on-time delivery.
  • Compares prices, terms, specifications, delivery dates and awards contract to supplier with best bid.
  • Effectively processes returns from job sites to minimize inventory and maximize profits.
  • Processes debit memos for damaged goods or items billed but not shipped.
  • Approves disputed bills.
  • Obtains quotes for equipment and specialty items for the estimating department.
  • Interpret specifications and drawings for equipment and specialty purchases.
  • Coordinate submittal selection and identify specifications for products.
  • Regular attendance and promptness are considered part of each employee's essential job functions.
  • Back-up other purchasing positions when needed.

Specific Job Skills:

  • Advanced aptitude with numbers.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, job specifications and drawings, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Advanced ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Professional and ethical.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal & written).
  • Able to build a positive rapport with vendors.
  • Willing to work as a team and with other employees.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to use discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Aptitude for working with computers.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year University; or 5 or more years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None

Job Conditions:

Maintain valid Drivers License and satisfactory driving record.