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.
- Bachelor’s Degree OR
- 1 year Purchasing experience.
- 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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