Purchasing Agent
CDW - Vernon Hills, IL

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Job Description
The Purchasing Agent is responsible for negotiating, purchasing, and maintaining inventory for specific product lines that are up to $5M daily. This role is required to drive revenue and margin for their product lines in collaboration with their Product Management team.

Key Areas of Responsibility
  • Analysis of sales and seasonal trends to effectively manage inventory in multiple distribution centers.
  • Negotiate favorable pricing, partner funding, payment terms, price protection policies, and return policies to CDW.
  • Determine best supplier and accurately set pricing per product.
  • Manage and negotiate opportunistic buy in deals.
  • Maintain inventory mix, product classification, and roadmaps for product lines within category.
  • Proven track record in inventory management for product lines, with the ability to manage products through their lifecycle and product positioning issues.
  • Develop and maintain internal and external partner relationships at all levels to contribute to category growth.
  • Report on supply chain metrics, including days of supply, aging inventory, backorders, lead time, and primary supplier fill rate.
  • Provide monthly reporting outlining various metrics and revenue data, including buy-ins and rebates.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree OR
  • 1 year Purchasing experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated price negotiation and analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively interact and present to all stakeholders including senior leadership.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Critical thinking and resourcefulness to solve problems with supply chain and inventory management.
  • Working knowledge of purchasing related accounting issues.
  • History of successfully working independently.
  • Ability to travel when required.

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