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Working As A Site Acquisition Specialist

  • 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

  • $72,365

    Average Salary

What Does A Site Acquisition Specialist Do

Buyers and purchasing agents buy products and services for organizations to use or resell. They evaluate suppliers, negotiate contracts, and review the quality of products.

Duties

Buyers and purchasing agents typically do the following:

  • Evaluate suppliers on the basis of the price, quality, and speed of delivery of their products and services
  • Interview vendors and visit suppliers’ plants and distribution centers to examine and learn about products, services, and prices
  • Attend meetings, trade shows, and conferences to learn about new industry trends and make contacts with suppliers
  • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other information to determine reasonable prices
  • Negotiate contracts on behalf of their organization
  • Work out agreements with suppliers, such as when products will be delivered
  • Meet with staff and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action
  • Evaluate and monitor contracts to be sure that vendors and supplies comply with the terms and conditions of the contract and to determine the need for changes
  • Maintain and review records of items bought, costs, deliveries, product performance, and inventories

Buyers and purchasing agents buy farm products, durable and nondurable goods, and services for organizations and institutions. They try to get the best deal for their organization: the highest quality goods and services at the lowest cost. They do this by studying sales records and inventory levels of current stock, identifying foreign and domestic suppliers, and keeping up to date with changes affecting both the supply of, and demand for, products and materials.

Purchasing agents and buyers consider price, quality, availability, reliability, and technical support when choosing suppliers and merchandise. To be effective, purchasing agents and buyers must have a working technical knowledge of the goods or services they are purchasing.

Evaluating suppliers is one of the most critical functions of a buyer or purchasing agent. Many organizations run on a lean manufacturing schedule and use just-in-time inventories, so any delays in the supply chain can shut down production and cause the organization to lose customers.

Buyers and purchasing agents use many resources to find out all they can about potential suppliers. They attend meetings, trade shows, and conferences to learn about new industry trends and make contacts with suppliers.

They often interview prospective suppliers and visit their plants and distribution centers to assess their capabilities. For example, they may discuss the design of products with design engineers, quality concerns with production supervisors, or shipping issues with managers in the receiving department.

Buyers and purchasing agents must make certain that the supplier can deliver the desired goods or services on time, in the correct quantities, and without sacrificing quality. Once they have gathered information on suppliers, they sign contracts with suppliers who meet the organization’s needs and they place orders.

Buyers who purchase items to resell to customers may determine which products their organization will sell. They need to be able to predict what will appeal to their customers. If they are wrong, they could jeopardize the profits and reputation of their organization.

Buyers who work for large organizations often specialize in purchasing one or two categories of products or services. Buyers who work for smaller businesses or government agencies may be responsible for making a greater variety of purchases.

Wholesale and retail buyers purchase goods for resale to consumers. Examples of these goods are clothing and electronics. Purchasing specialists who buy finished goods for resale are commonly known as buyers or merchandise managers.

Purchasing agents and buyers of farm products buy agricultural products for further processing or resale. Examples of these products are grain, cotton, and tobacco.

Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products buy items for the operation of an organization. Examples of these items are chemicals and industrial equipment needed for a manufacturing establishment, and office supplies.

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How To Become A Site Acquisition Specialist

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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Site Acquisition Specialist Career Paths

Site Acquisition Specialist
Acquisitions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Specialist Asset Manager Contracts Specialist
Contracts Administration Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Paralegal Contracts Manager
Contracts Director
12 Yearsyrs
Site/Project Manager Project Manager Construction Manager
Contracts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Real Estate Manager Operations Director Supply Chain Director
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Zone Manager Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Procurement Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Market Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Zone Manager Sales Manager Purchasing Manager
Materials Director
12 Yearsyrs
Site Coordinator Site Manager Contracts Manager
Project Procurement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Property Manager
Real Estate Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Project Coordinator
Senior Project Coordinator
7 Yearsyrs
Acquisitions Manager Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Senior Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Site/Project Manager Construction Manager Purchasing Manager
Senior Sourcing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Real Estate Manager General Manager Site Manager
Site/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Purchasing Manager Senior Subcontract Administrator
Subcontracts Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Estimator Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Site Coordinator Recruiter Procurement Agent
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Specialist Finance Analyst Senior Operations Analyst
Vending Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Site Acquisition Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

55.9%

Female

41.5%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.0%

Portuguese

6.1%

Dakota

6.1%

French

6.1%

Hebrew

4.1%

Russian

4.1%

Italian

4.1%

Turkish

2.0%

Czech

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

German

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Gujarati

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Slovak

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%
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Site Acquisition Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.5%

Michigan State University

8.2%

Arizona State University

5.9%

Northeastern University

5.9%

Auburn University

4.7%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.7%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.7%

University of Kansas

4.7%

Strayer University

4.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.7%

Syracuse University

3.5%

Appalachian State University

3.5%

Wake Technical Community College

3.5%

University of North Texas

3.5%

George Washington University

3.5%

Tulsa Community College

3.5%

University of California - Irvine

3.5%

Montgomery College

3.5%

San Francisco State University

3.5%

University of Pennsylvania

3.5%
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Majors

Business

28.5%

Real Estate

7.3%

Law

7.1%

Psychology

6.0%

Communication

5.4%

Urban Planning

4.9%

Management

4.6%

Political Science

3.5%

Education

3.3%

Project Management

3.3%

Finance

3.0%

Human Resources Management

3.0%

Accounting

3.0%

English

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Legal Support Services

2.7%

Marketing

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Sociology

2.2%

Computer Science

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.6%

Other

21.8%

Masters

16.3%

Associate

7.1%

Doctorate

5.8%

Certificate

4.3%

License

1.4%

Diploma

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Site Acquisition Specialist

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  1. New Sites
  2. Lease Agreements
  3. Site Acquisition Process
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked collaboratively with Verizon Wireless and Sprint to locate prime spots to open new sites for company expansion.
  • Perform and manage tracking of Collocation Applications, License/Lease Agreements, and other Site Acquisition documentation
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Oversee entire Site Acquisition process including subcontractors in the site acquisition process.
  • Market and promote residential properties in the community.
  • Prepared site permits and applications, justification letters and related zoning application exhibits as necessary.

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