I was in the team which procured raw materials for two chemical refineries. A day might find one in the office, reviewing contracts, reviewing payment rates, tracking quality data, performing analyses of samples, tracking the locations of the rail fleet, attending meetings and conversing with account contacts. Other days found us travelling around the United States and Canada, visiting potential and existing sources of materials to either talk or to trouble shoot problems. Having a science background, the position allowed me to learn of contractual obligations, safety concerns and learning of new areas to make profit for the company. My co-workers provided great advice and acted as sounding boards for new ideas. The hardest part of the job was travelling on an hours notice - I kept a packed bag in my trunk. This job allowed me to grow from a researcher to a business man.
Paper mill odors are awful.