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Become A Procurement Buyer

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Working As A Procurement 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 Procurement Buyer Do At Quality Technology Services, LLC

* other duties may be assigned
* Support our goal of doubling our size by 2020 by maximizing the value we get from our suppliers.
* Work cross-functionally and with suppliers to improve the cost, quality, and service our suppliers.
* Negotiate with suppliers and internal customers to deliver the best outcome.
* Identify ways to fulfill the organizations needs more effectively and efficiently while reducing risk and achieving high compliance standards.
* Be the expert on the procure to pay (P2P) process.
* Help suppliers and internal departments minimize errors and rework.
* Improve the process as necessary to eliminate root causes of waste.
* Perform analytics to identify ways to reduce our total cost of ownership.
* When appropriate collaborate with suppliers to improve their processes and cost structures.
* Work with internal customer, legal and the supplier to achieve the best terms and conditions in the most effectively and efficient manner.
* CORE COMPETENCIES
* Intersect– Able to bring together multiple people from multiple levels and functions across multiple companies/cultures to create value.
* Invent– Able to align the strategic direction of QTS and supplier(s).
* Set category strategy
* Invest– Able to get supplier and QTS to layout the plans necessary to improve the commercial terms and supplier performance.
* Negotiate better deals.
* Act– Holds suppliers accountable for delivering on their contracts or better.
* Delivers savings and efficiency improvements.
* Adjust– Lead quarterly reviews that improve the capability of the supply chai

What Does A Procurement Buyer Do At AMRI

* Source suppliers as needed for local and site-specific purchases to ensure competitive pricing, availability and reliability.
* Negotiate pricing, delivery terms and obtain supplier quotes.
* Develop and maintain relationships with suppliers, including implementing contracts as appropriate.
* Source new suppliers for local and site-specific purchases using all available resources.
* Be the local liaison between AMRI and its suppliers, coordinating all communication and leading problem resolution, to include understanding the needs of internal customers and accurately represent them to suppliers.
* Collaborate with Category Managers to implement and enforce the terms and conditions of any applicable global or regional strategic agreements at the local level.
* Verify specifications of purchase requests as needed
* Prepare and issue purchase orders and change notices.
* Ensure continuous improvement through the collection and tracking of relevant cost, quality, and service data.
* Monitor and become familiar with Oracle iProcurement, general ledger accounts, sub accounts and project costing.
* Coordinate returns to suppliers as necessary.
* Recommend and implement methods to increase the quality of products and/or service.
* Participate in self-development activities and training of others.
* Understand and enforce procurement procedures and processes to ensure that all purchases are approved sufficiently and in-compliance with AMRI’s policies.
* Exhibit safety awareness and safe work practices.
* Perform other related duties as may be reasonably assigned in the course of business

What Does A Procurement Buyer Do At Honeywell

* Support procurement activities for Honeywell/UOPrelated activities and purchase engineered equipment, instrumentation, services, etc. that are required for oil and gas related projects.
* New supplier identification and qualification to ensure demand is satisfied and a competitive marketplace exists across all commodities.
* Prepare and Send Invitations to Bid
* Prepare Purchase Orders
* Prepare Purchase Order Change Notices
* Maintain information up to date in procurement programs (SAP, iValua, Prins) in an accurate manner
* Support correspondence with suppliers
* Provide assistance in invoice auditing
* Make sure orders have been signed properly (in accordance with limitations of DOA)
* Expedite suppliers for answers to Invitations to Bid, Purchase Order acknowledgements and Purchase Order deliveries
* Deliver on performance metrics established by the Procurement Director and business.
* These include (but are not limited to) safety, supplier quality and delivery, productivity, cash flow (payment terms, monthly pay optimization), e-auctions, and automation.
* Maintenance of procurement standard documents (order templates, procedures, manual...)
* Key Success Factors:
* Minimize the total costs of purchased goods and services via proper contracting strategies, contractually protecting Honeywell's intellectual and indemnity interest, enforcing contract compliance and using competitive practices.
* Assist site and functional customers in compliance with sourcing strategy and procedures.
* Anticipate procurement project problems and take appropriate action to resolve these problems working with team and other functions.
* Establish win-win UOP /Supplier relationships.
* Proficient with all procurement policies, processes, systems, methodologies.
* Achieve metrics as outlined through goal and objective process.
* Support procurement activities for Honeywell/UOP
* Deliver on performance metrics established by the Procurement Director and business
* Maintenance of procurement standard documents

What Does A Procurement Buyer Do At ICF Consulting Group, Inc.

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* Maintain knowledge of all organizational and government rules affecting purchases, and provide information about these rules to organization staff members and to vendors.
* Responsible for following policies and procedures for procurement of goods and services.
* Assists in the preparation of formal requests for quote or proposal; reviews specifications and evaluates bids received.
* Locate and help approve suppliers and or partners, using sources such as catalogs, internet, small business initiatives, and interviews to gather information about products and services that match requisition requirements.
* Responsible for vendor development to include communication with sales representatives; updating and maintaining list of approved vendors for bidding purposes; obtaining samples and literature regarding potential products and vendor capabilities and conferring with end users.
* Compare prices, specifications, and delivery dates in order to determine the best bid among potential suppliers.
* Ensure subcontractor/consultant agreements, Task Orders, and appropriate Terms and Conditions are utilized.
* Negotiates price and terms of Purchase Orders with prospective vendors and suppliers.
* Accurate entry of Purchase Orders into Deltek Costpoint
* Transmitting, tracking confirmations, and filing of all Procurement related documents in a timely manner ensuring compliance with corporate documentation and retention procedures.
* Monitors contracts and orders and expedites delivery; arbitrates disputes with vendors.
* Responsible for office supply and business card invoice reconciliations.
* Responsible for critical thinking and intermediate decision making concerning the analysis and award of lower level procurements and agreements.
* Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals to perform a variety of Procurement related tasks

What Does A Procurement Buyer Do At Glaxosmithkline

* GSK are a science-led global healthcare company.
* We research and develop a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare.
* We have a significant global presence with commercial operations in more than 150 countries, a network of 89 manufacturing sites, and large R&D centres in the UK, USA, Belgium and China.
* Our global manufacturing and supply (GMS) teams are responsible for making and shipping the products that help people do more, feel better, live longer.
* We have more than 27,000 people in GMS, across 86 sites in 36 countries.
* Together, these people help to produce 4 billion packs of medicine.
* To support delivery of these objectives, it is recognised that there is a need to restructure Production Procurement to allow us to:
* Increase the strategic impact of Procurement
* Drive closer alignment within the End
* End Supply Chain Function and the wider GMS
* Drive closer alignment to the markets commercial organisation
* Continue the development of a World Class Procurement Organization
* To enable us to strengthen and further develop our capabilities to deliver the business goals we are looking to recruit Global Primary Pack Buyer – Plastics Bottles & Closures in GMS Production Procurement (EU Region).
* This role is part of the new Production Procurement structure that was implemented by early 2016, been created to specifically manage the growth, complexity & shifting geographic priorities / needs of our global business.
* The key responsibilities for this role are as follows –
* Strategy Development
* Lead the development, management and implementation of comprehensive strategies on a regional or local basis in alignment with Global Strategy to deliver agreed savings targets and other benefits that significantly impact GSK financial results
* Strategy Implementation
* Implement initiatives and projects to improve quality of bought-in plastic components and related services thereby reducing lead times
* Supplier Relationship Management
* Lead, develop and manage the supply base for external GMS end to end supply chain providing supply of high quality and competitively priced materials and services, to meet GSK requirements.
* Lead strategic relationships with critical suppliers providing secure and cost effective sources for relevant commodities
* COGS 2020 – Develop savings road map for the region to meet COGS 2020 ambition and drive implementation
* Working Capital – Drive reduction in inventory across GMS sites through strategic interventions with key suppliers
* Risk Management
* Lead the development of Risk Mitigation strategies to ensure security of supply
* Stakeholder engagement
* Represent the category on relevant strategy development and supply chain planning forums, establishing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and cross functional team
* Provide best in class cost and the sharing of best practise across both the commodity team and production procurement
* Supply base optimization – maximize spend and savings with preferred global and regional supplier partners while eliminating the tail
* Continuous improvement of process and performance within commodity team and related supply base
* In order to be considered for this opportunity the successful individual will need the following skills and experience –
* Degree qualified in a relevant discipline or possess significant and demonstrable experience of Supply Chain/Procurement across multiple markets
* Possess strong commercial acumen paired with exceptional negotiation and communication skills, the ability to build and sustain close business relationships internally and externally
* significant experience in procurement of direct materials, indirect materials and services
* A proven track record of delivering significant cost of good reduction and streamlining of the supplier base
* Experience with the implementation of tangible continuous improvement methodologies
* Knowledge of Polymer market, plastics processing and costing of plastic components would be an added advantage
* How do you apply?
* Closing date for applications will be 24th January 2018.
* When applying for this role, please ensure you use the 'cover letter' of the on-line application to clearly describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above.
* The information that you have provided in your cover letter will be used to assess your application.
* If requiring an adjustment for a disability, once selected for interview you may contact ukdiversity.recruitment@gsk.com
* Internal applications
* In accordance with GSK policy, it is an employee's responsibility to notify their line manager when they have been selected for an internal interview.
* We may be seeking a reference from your current manager; therefore if you have not already informed your manager of your application, please do immediately.
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How To Become A Procurement 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.

Education

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.

Training

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.

Advancement

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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Procurement Buyer Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    54.0%
  • Male

    44.0%
  • Unknown

    2.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    76.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.3%
  • Asian

    9.0%
  • Unknown

    1.4%
  • Black or African American

    1.0%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    45.7%
  • French

    15.2%
  • Mandarin

    6.5%
  • Portuguese

    4.3%
  • German

    4.3%
  • Italian

    4.3%
  • Filipino

    2.2%
  • Chinese

    2.2%
  • Wolof

    2.2%
  • Cantonese

    2.2%
  • Dari

    2.2%
  • Carrier

    2.2%
  • Arabic

    2.2%
  • Korean

    2.2%
  • Malayalam

    2.2%
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Real Procurement Buyer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Regional Category Buyer-Direct Procurement, Americas Styrolution America LLC Aurora, IL Sep 03, 2015 $94,050
Supply Chain Procurement Buyer Stage 2 Contract Engineering, LLC Farmington Hills, MI Dec 05, 2013 $80,000
Supply Chain Procurement Buyer Stage 2 Contract Engineering, LLC Farmington Hills, MI Sep 19, 2013 $80,000
Direct Procurement Buyer Yanfeng Us Automotive Interior Systems I LLC Holland, MI Oct 20, 2015 $62,400 -
$93,600
Buyer, Procurement and Sourcing NB Ventures DBA Global Eprocure Clark, NJ Sep 17, 2015 $59,363
Associate Pecan Procurement Buyer John B. Sanfilippo and Son, Inc. Selma, TX Sep 15, 2011 $55,000
Associate Pecan Procurement Buyer John B. Sanfilippo and Son, Inc. Selma, TX Jun 12, 2011 $55,000
Buyer-Procurement and Outsourcing NB Ventures, Inc. Battle Creek, MI Oct 01, 2012 $54,000
Buyer-Procurement and Outsourcing NB Ventures, Inc. D/B/A Global Eprocure Battle Creek, MI Oct 01, 2012 $54,000
Buyer-Procurement and Sourcing NB Ventures, Inc. D/B/A Global Eprocure Battle Creek, MI Mar 19, 2012 $54,000

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Top Skills for A Procurement Buyer

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Top Procurement Buyer Skills

  1. Supplier Performance
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. New Vendors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored supplier performance, ensured delivery schedules were met, resolved discrepancies and conducted contract closeout.
  • Commit the company by authorizing and administering purchase orders & contracts.
  • Develop relationship between local and new vendors throughout the nationwide.
  • Drive cost savings through Low Cost Country sourcing, supplier rationalization, and value engineering.
  • Managed contract for freight forwarder to perform logistics mobilizing domestic and international goods.

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