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Become A Contractor Buyer

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Working As A Contractor Buyer

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $62,220

    Average Salary

What Does A Contractor Buyer Do At Kelly Services

* Spearhead all business conducted with suppliers and coordinate internal actions between supplier and the product.
* Communicate parts availability issues to appropriate buyer and zone team members.
* Disposition of non-conforming material and communicate non-conforming parts issues that affect build to buyer and zone team members.
* Communicate inventory level set ups to PFEP Specialist.
* Communicate packaging issues to materials.
* Communicate pre paint parts issues to materials, buyer and zone team members.
* Create and present purchasing metrics to management for the zone.
* Participate in lean events for the zone.
* Represents purchasing at production related meetings and address supplier delivery issues.
* Support all procedures for government regulations and public laws.
* Provide feedback to manufacturing and purchasing management concerning potential problems that could affect manufacturing operations

What Does A Contractor Buyer Do At Coherent

* Interacts with customers, company sales and/or service representatives to handle a variety of pre-sales or post-sales service functions.
* Reconcile and audit orders to customer contracts / purchase orders.
* Ensure orders and change orders are booked in accordance with Coherent’s global bookings, SOX and revenue policies.
* Review sales order packets for completeness and accuracy
* Enter and Book orders in the global Oracle ERP System including service contracts.
* Work closely with Finance, Planning, Manufacturing Operations and Shipping to ensure terms and conditions are properly met.
* Interface with customers, Sales, Service, Business Units and Finance to address and resolve issues related to bookings and customer satisfaction.
* Ensure on time bookings
* Provide timely order status and tracking information to internal and external customers
* Manage and resolve backlog issues including order hold release, product configuration issues, item number discrepancies and purchase order requirements
* Provide month end and quarter end support as needed to achieve corporate goals.
* Participate in projects and goals to support Department and Corporate goals.
* Process post sale service orders and RMA’s for replacements and depot repair orders in via the Oracle and Sales Force CRM systems.
* Process and coordinate internal product purchases and transaction management for fulfillment of in-direct sales/Services
* Communicate and coordinate shipments and deliveries with our international and domestic freight forwarders

What Does A Contractor Buyer Do At Fortive Corporation

* Manage and review open orders to identify supply problems (excess inventory and backorders) and negotiate with suppliers directly to remedy the issues before they impact the company.
* Resolve customer service issue escalations (E
* Post-its), working with customer service to support timely delivery within customer service to empower first call resolution and reduce number of E
* Post-its.
* Manage buy it from Matco/return it to Matco program.
* Expedite purchase orders (POs) and manage the integrity of supplier PO promise dates, holding suppliers accountable for communicating purchase order fulfillment dates and expediting orders to ensure timely delivery.
* Item creation and maintenance
* Enter new item creation codes into system, determine distribution centers required to stock item, negotiate minimum and multiple order quantities with suppliers (as back up to SPOR Specialist)
* Other tasks as assigned (e.g. harmonization codes

What Does A Contractor Buyer Do At Naval Air Systems Command

* Prepares, reviews, distributes and disposes of contract documents which
* include the preparation, review, processing and distribution of reports, records
* Modifies, delivery/task orders, and other post award contract documents
* Maintains files of complex contracts, and of related documents, regulations and correspondence.
* Prepares contract documents containing terms and conditions not covered fully by standard clauses and specific procedural instructions
* Prepares recurring and special reports and compiles statistics from data requiring some reformulation and revised formats

What Does A Contractor Buyer Do At Catholic Health Initiatives

* Establish
* and maintain cooperative relationship with donors, chairpersons, staff,
* patients, and physicians.
* Perform
* donor related activities associate with whole blood and apheresis collection
* according to section SOP.
* Complete
* all paperwork relating to whole blood and apheresis collection according to
* section SOP including autologous and designated donors.
* Prepare
* component according to section SOP.
* Label
* and inventory blood components according to section SOP
* May
* drive metro size donor coaches.
* Driving of bus may be as much as 25.
* of
* work day.
* Job
* Professional Clinical/Allied Health
* Primary Location
* Daily Schedule** days
* Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period

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How To Become A Contractor Buyer

Although a high school diploma may be sufficient for some positions, many employers require buyers and purchasing agents to have a bachelor’s degree. Most entry-level positions require some form of on-the-job training.


Educational requirements usually vary with the size of the organization. Although a high school diploma may be enough at some organizations, many businesses require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree. For many positions, a degree in business, finance, or supply management is sufficient.

For those interested in a career as a buyer or purchasing agent of farm products, a degree in agriculture, agriculture production, or animal science is often beneficial.


Buyers and purchasing agents typically get on-the-job training for more than 1 year. During this time, they learn how to perform their basic duties, including monitoring inventory levels and negotiating with suppliers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

There are several certifications available for buyers and purchasing agents. Although some employers require certification, many do not.

Most of these certifications involve oral or written exams and have education and work experience requirements.

The Institute for Supply Management offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) credential, which covers a wide scope of purchasing professional duties. To receive the CPSM credential, candidates must pass three exams and those with a bachelor’s degree must possess at least 3 years of relevant work experience while those without a bachelor’s degree must have at least 5 years of relevant work experience.

The American Purchasing Society offers the Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) certification. The CPP certification is valid for 5 years. Candidates must earn a certain number of professional development “points” to renew their certification. Candidates initially become eligible and can renew their certification through a combination of purchasing-related experience, education, and professional contributions (such as published articles or delivered speeches).

APICS offers the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential. Applicants must have 3 years of relevant business experience or a bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible for the CSCP credential. The credential is valid for 5 years. Candidates must also earn a certain number of professional development points to renew their certification.

The Next Level Purchasing Association offers the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) Certification. Although there are no education or work experience requirements, applicants must complete six online courses and pass an SPSM exam. Certification is valid for 4 years. Candidates must complete 32 continuing education hours in procurement-related topics to recertify for an additional four-year period.

The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) offers two certifications for workers in federal, state, and local government. The Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential requires applicants to have earned at least an associate’s degree, possess at least 3 years of public procurement experience, and complete relevant training courses. The Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) requires applicants to have earned a bachelor’s degree, possess at least 5 years of public procurement experience, and complete additional training courses.

Those with the CPPB or the CPPO designation must renew their certification every 5 years by completing continuing education courses or attending procurement-related conferences or events.

The National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP), Institute for Public Procurement offers preparation courses for the UPPCC certification exams.


An experienced purchasing agent or buyer may become an assistant purchasing manager before advancing to purchasing manager, supply manager, or director of materials management. Buyers and purchasing agents with extensive work experience can also advance to become the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. When evaluating suppliers, buyers and purchasing agents must analyze their options and choose a supplier with the best combination of price, quality, delivery, or service. 

Decisionmaking skills. Buyers and purchasing agents must have the ability to make informed and timely decisions, choosing products that they think will sell.

Math skills. Buyers and purchasing agents must possess basic math skills. They must be able to compare prices from different suppliers to ensure that their organization is getting the best deal. 

Negotiating skills. Buyers and purchasing agents often must negotiate the terms of a contract with a supplier. Interpersonal skills and self-confidence, in addition to knowledge of the product, can help lead to successful negotiations.

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Contractor Buyer Career Paths

Contractor Buyer
Business Analyst Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Global Sourcing
12 Yearsyrs
Contracts Administrator Project Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Technician Network Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Area Manager Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Subcontract Administrator Senior Purchasing Agent Material Manager
Material Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Contracts Administrator Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Contracts Specialist Contracts Administrator Project Coordinator
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Manager, Program Management Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Contracts Specialist Contracts Manager Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Senior Sourcing Specialist Purchasing Manager
Project Procurement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Material Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Senior Manager, Procurement
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Purchasing Manager
Senior Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Purchasing Manager
Senior Sourcing Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Specialist Paralegal Contracts Administrator
Subcontracts Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
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Contractor Buyer Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Hebrew

  • Russian

  • Carrier

  • Armenian

  • Dakota

  • Portuguese

  • Lithuanian

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Romanian

  • Afar

  • Italian

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Top Skills for A Contractor Buyer


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Top Contractor Buyer Skills

  1. Purchase Orders
  2. Office Supplies
  3. Vendors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Processed direct and channel accounts purchase orders of wireless products and accessories.
  • Ordered all office supplies and materials as needed.
  • Established professional relationships with vendors and hospital customers.
  • Provided procurement support, administered purchase orders, and ensured compliance with corporate guidelines on all processes and procedures.
  • Provided effective customer service to both external and internal customers.

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