Buyer Job Description

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Under limited supervision, the Buyer will procure materials, equipment, and maintenance supplies. This individual is also responsible for procuring supplies, raw materials, equipment, and services necessary for the operation of the organization. Following established procedures, practices, and policies to obtain quotations, evaluate proposals, award purchase orders, and expedite delivery of goods and services will be requirements of this role.

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Job summary 2

The Buyer is responsible for purchasing a variety of equipment, supplies, and services utilizing computerized systems. He/she understands inventory control to minimize stock and non-stock orders. Demonstrates proficiency in Excel. Communicates with vendors regarding requirements, discrepancies, pricing, substitutes, and backorders. Prioritizes duties for optimum productivity. Processes and organizes purchase orders, invoices, and receiving documents for Accounts Payable. Duties include; meeting with user departments regarding purchase requirements, developing and maintaining sources of supply, selecting suppliers, negotiating prices and delivery dates, approving purchase requisitions/orders, and following up on purchases about the delivery dates, discrepancies, and backorder situations. Prepares tender documents for various supplies, services, and equipment utilizing Microsoft Office. Provides input into the development of policies and procedures, arranges for the disposal of obsolete equipment, and maintains purchasing-related files and records including up-to-date catalogs and price lists.

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Job summary 3

The Buyer has the responsibility and authority for the procurement of all project-related materials as requested by the assigned project personnel. This person will be locating and procuring materials at the lowest installed cost that will meet the project requirements.

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Job summary 4

The Buyer executes/generates compliant purchase orders based on approved requisitions, requests for proposals, bids, and other similar and necessary documents related to the purchasing of services and materials.

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Job summary 5

The Buyer is responsible for negotiating contractual arrangements and purchasing specific supplies and equipment at the most favorable prices consistent with purchasing guidelines.

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Job summary 6

Ensure that purchase goods, materials, and services, and company operational needs are met, taking into account price, quality, and delivery and ensuring continuity of supply. You will hold responsibility for a specific project/region/business. You will deliver tactical activities of purchasing goods and services off of defined contracts with stated terms and conditions.

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Job summary 7

The incumbent in this position is responsible for procuring goods and services, including warehouse inventory items, direct receiving items, and special project purchases; exercises buying responsibilities and judgment based on the best value, considering quantity, quality, and service.

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Job summary 8

The Buyer will interact with all business units within the organization ensuring cost, schedule, and vendor performance management.

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Job summary 9

We are looking for a qualified Buyer who has experience with SAP and purchasing commodities.

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Job summary 10

We are looking for a Buyer to join our team.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the job description of a buyer?

A buyer is responsible for purchasing goods or services for a company or organization, to meet operational or strategic objectives. Some of the key duties of a buyer may include:

Researching potential vendors or suppliers and evaluating their products or services

Negotiating prices, contracts, and terms with vendors or suppliers

Managing the procurement process, from requisition to delivery and payment

Monitoring inventory levels and forecasting demand to ensure adequate supply

Maintaining relationships with vendors or suppliers and addressing any issues or concerns

Collaborating with other departments or stakeholders to understand their purchasing needs and priorities

Staying up-to-date with industry trends and best practices in procurement.

What are the skills of a buyer?

The skills required to be a successful buyer may include:

Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to evaluate vendors, products, and pricing

Negotiation skills to secure favorable terms and contracts

Communication and interpersonal skills to build relationships with vendors and collaborate with other departments or stakeholders

Attention to detail and accuracy in managing procurement processes and documentation

Organizational and time management skills to manage multiple tasks and projects

Financial acumen to understand budgets and cost structures

Knowledge of procurement regulations and best practices

Adaptability and flexibility to changing circumstances or market conditions.

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