Logistics and Supply ChainProcurement Buyer

Procurement Buyers negotiate to buy the components the company needs to make products.

Procurement Buyer

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Are you a skilled negotiator? Can you spot a good product when you see it? Put your skills to work for you as a Procurement Buyer. You’ll spend your days looking for the best suppliers and vendors out there. Negotiating deals and contracts that benefit your company will be your top priority. This is a role where relationship building and communication skills are very important.

As a Procurement Buyer, you’ll spend your days looking for and doing business with companies that sell the raw materials and services your company needs to complete its own manufacturing processes. You’ll know which materials your company needs and how they’re used to make a product, which might require you to visit the plant. It's also your job to verify receipt of items and authorize payment.

In this role, you'll stick to a budget and do everything possible to save money. You’ll need excellent math and computer skills. The ability to communicate clearly with everyone from customers to management to suppliers and vendors is also key. You’ll keep records of all the purchases and contracts you make and report to a procurement or purchasing manager.

Critical Skills

  • Advanced Computer Skills
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Communication with External Entities
  • Create and Modify Budgets
  • Customer Service
  • Keeping Records
  • Mathematics Knowledge
  • Negotiation
  • Relationship Building
  • Strong Communication Skills

Key Responsibilities

  • Compare prices and services to find the best deal
  • Negotiate prices and contracts with vendors and suppliers
  • Work within budget constraints
  • Keep purchase records
  • Communicate with customers, engineers, and technicians
  • Ensure adequate material supply at all times
  • Monitor contracts with vendors to ensure compliance

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.

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Salary: $14-26/hour


My Interests
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Having Independence

Managing People

Teaching

Improving Processes

Learning & Growing

Working with Data

Physical Activity

Writing Reports and Documentation

Caring for the Environment

Managing Things

Quiet Work Place

Avoiding Risk

Avoiding Stress

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Required Education

High school diploma or GED

Preferred Education

Associate's degree in business or logistics


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