Purchasing Agent
Duke Manufacturing 12 reviews - St. Louis, MO

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Job Summary:

To plan and purchase material requirements and support items to support production needs as directed by the Purchasing Manager.

Essential Functions:

  • Negotiates with vendors on pricing, lead times and warranties.
  • Orders materials based on forecast demand.
  • Performs production needs demand analysis.
  • Tracks costing by general ledger code.
  • Performs continuous improvement activities on a regular basis.
  • Perform purchase v. rent analysis.
  • Reviews MRP exception message report.
  • Communicates with production personnel to establish needs.
  • Performs special expediting of products.
  • Follows up with orders.
  • Handles day-to-day production problems for products or services.
  • Attends production meetings.
  • Reviews scrap sales contracts.
  • Orders shop supplies and tools.
  • Communicates with accounts payable, receiving and sales.
  • Cultivates good business relationships with vendors while adhering to firm guidelines regarding purchasing practices.
  • Participates and is actively involved in continuous improvement initiatives and team meetings.
  • Assists Engineering in the development of new products.
  • Be able to travel to vendor’s locations from time to time.
  • Be able to assess vendor locations for suitability to produce a consistent quality product on time to meet company requirements.
  • Other duties as required.
  • Job Qualifications:

  • Experience: 2-4 years experience in the field of purchasing, preferably in an industrial or manufacturing environment.
  • Experience working in an ISO-certified facility a plus.
  • Experience working with Kanban and Lean Manufacturing
  • Exposure to an international environment would be advantageous but not essential.
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Management/Procurement or equivalent. Professional certification (i.e. APICS, CPIM/CIRM or other) is desired.
  • Skills:
  • Strong vendor negotiation skills;
  • Strong excel skills using pivot tables
  • Ability to prioritize and work;
  • Ability to adhere to a strict timeline;
  • Ability to prepare written communications skills concisely and coherently;
  • Ability to analyze numerical data utilizing statistical analysis capabilities;
  • Ability to strictly enforce company policy;
  • Ability to interact with vendors effectively and build rapport;
  • Ability to interview prospective vendors;
  • Ability to be punctual and manage time effectively;
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively communicate to other departments within the company.
  • Foreign language would be helpful, but not essential.
  • Required Abilities

  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Workplace Environmental Conditions:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Tools Used to Perform Essential Functions:

  • Equipment: Personal computer, telephone, fax, copier.
  • Software: Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel (Pivot Tables), Microsoft Word, ERP/MRP systems.

  • About this company
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