Coordinates with people in different company locations to see if a better price is available somewhere else or if suppliers in a certain area are not living up to expectations
Handles Corporate Purchasing requirements
Double-checks the work of purchasing assistant
Communicates with executives and gains approval for purchasing contracts with new vendors or on new supplies
Continuously comparison shops and negotiates to make sure the company gets the best possible prices on needed supplies
Oversees supply chain management
Communicates with suppliers and to make sure supplies get where they need to be when they need to be, even when a deadline is tight
Maintains a network of professional contacts in order to discover new opportunities for good deals on orders
Forecasts demand for certain products and makes orders accordingly
Checks inventory, tracks how inventory is used, and adjusts purchasing habits in accordance with apparent trends
Processes payments and invoices
Keeps a well-organized collection of contracts for easy reference when needed
Attends meetings to stay up to date on the company's objectives
Attends conferences to meet potential new suppliers and glean insight from other professionals in the purchasing field
Maintain records of goods ordered and received.
Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them in order to determine product availability and terms of sales.
Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.
Control purchasing department budgets.
Review purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
Analyze market and delivery systems in order to assess present and future material availability.
Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.
Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials.
Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers.
Represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.
Review, evaluate, and approve specifications for issuing and awarding bids.
Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.