Maintaining records of goods ordered and received.
Locating vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them, in order to determine product availability and terms of sales.
Preparing and processing requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.
Reviewing purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
Analyzing market and delivery systems, in order to assess present and future material availability.
Participating in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials.
Representing companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.
Reviewing, evaluating, and approving specifications for issuing and awarding bids.
Directing and coordinating activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.
Preparing bid awards requiring board approval.
Preparing reports regarding market conditions and merchandise costs.
Administering on-line purchasing systems.
Staying familiar with the company's needs.
Coordinating with people in different company locations to see if a better price is available somewhere else or if suppliers in a certain area are not living up to expectations.
Communicating with executives and gaining approval for purchasing contracts with new suppliers.
Continuously researching and comparing the products and prices of different suppliers and negotiating to make sure the company gets the best possible prices on needed supplies.
Overseeing the supply chain management.
Communicating with suppliers and to make sure supplies get where they need to be when they need to be, even when a deadline is tight
Maintaining a network of professional contacts, in order to discover new opportunities for good deals on orders.
Forecasting demand for certain products and making orders accordingly.
Checking inventory, tracking how inventory is used, and adjusting purchasing habits in accordance with apparent trends.
Processing payments and invoices.
Keeping a well-organized collection of contracts for easy reference when needed.
Attending meetings to stay up to date on the company's objectives.
Attending conferences to meet potential new suppliers and gain insight from other professionals in the purchasing field.