Supply Chain Specialist Job DescriptionsPURCHASING SUPERVISOR | SENIOR BUYER
Executive | Middle Management | Operational
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CORE DUTIES MAY INCLUDE:
- Assist in the recommendation and development of purchasing policies, procedures, and standards with related budgeting to reach organizational short, intermediate and long term goals.
- Awareness of, and adherences to ethical and quality standards and their implementation for all goods or services.
- Assist the Purchasing Manager or Director in the coordination of financial, human, and other organizational resources to intelligently buy goods and services.
- Supervise the proper researching of order requirements and specifications. Coordinate\conduct the solicitation of bids, assessing supplier capabilities and full terms. Make recommendations for the negotiation of contracts, and order placement.
- Develop internal and external resources to assist the purchasing area in sourcing, researching and evaluating goods, products, services and alternative suppliers. Report problems or variances to the Purchasing Manager or Director.
- Assist and promote communication and successful working relationships with other functional areas within the organization and outside vendors which effect the Supply Chain function and effectiveness. Report problems to Management.
- Meet regularly with direct/indirect reports involved with the supply chain function to ensure that all supplies, materials, and products are ordered on time, shipped, and received on schedule and within quality requirements.
- Assist in the interviewing, hiring, training, and supervision of staff. (If req'd.)
- Understanding and/or appreciation of ethical issues related to Purchasing
- Knowledge of basic contract formation and negotiation techniques
- Growing awareness of strategic and global procurement issues
- Understanding of basic supply chain function.
- Appreciation of the importance of team, resource and relationship building
- Good mentoring, coaching, and instructing skills.
- Good consulting skills when dealing with other internal clients.
- Computer literacy and hands on ability, with awareness of new technologies affecting Purchasing - including e commerce.
- Basic finance and accounting understanding
- Planning, decision making and communication skills
- A strong educational foundation coupled with practical hands on experience within a specific sector and/or commodity group(s) are required for success at this level. Earning additional education credits toward your professional designation, knowledge base, and/or skill set will ensure your success and added value to the organization.
- Progression toward or possession of a university bachelor's degree or college diploma in business administration, commerce and/or economics usually forms the minimum base on which additional studies and specialization may be required.
- However, depending on the particular sector which the organization operates within or the specific commodities bought; a more specific educational discipline may assist. (For example, credits toward or attainment of a bachelor's degree or college diploma in engineering for Purchasing Supervisors involved in heavy manufacturing or other industrial applications.)
- This, combined with several years of experience as a Buyer, Purchasing Agent or Officer in a similar sector or commodity is suggested as well.
- Enrollment in and credits toward certification from the Purchasing Management Association of Canada's Certified Professional Purchaser (C.P.P.) Accreditation program is advantageous.