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Purchasing Agent

We’re on the lookout for a trained Purchasing Agent to take charge of purchasing all supplies, equipment, and services necessary for our company. The agent will have all the means necessary to ensure our sourcing strategies procure high-quality and cost-effective goods.


Logistics Industry

This field concerns itself with the management of operations from origin to consumption to meet the requirements of customers, clients, and corporations.


What to expect from the role

  • Hands-on experience with taking stock of all items and manage their supply.
  • Learning how to organize and multitask on the job.
  • Learn on the job regarding the best practices in the industry.
  • Exposure to the logistics industry.


Responsibilities

  • Plan and facilitates sourcing and supply chain strategies
  • Implement and tweak negotiation tactics
  • Manage supplier relationships to maintain the quality of goods and ensure contract compliance
  • Review received supplies and goods to verify the quality
  • Review and recommends revisions to processes and procedures to ensure maximum efficiency
  • Maintain records and prepares reports on inventory control activities
  • Maintain stock levels
  • Provide internal training and assistance, if necessary
  • Develop purchasing strategies that maximize profitability and efficiency
  • Increase knowledge of purchasing concepts and practices by attending workshops and following publications


Requirements

  • Bachelors in business administration or any other relevant field
  • [X] years of experience working as a purchasing agent is a plus
  • CPSM from ISM is a plus
  • Working knowledge of the [X] industry and price points
  • Hands-on experience in working with Microsoft Office and purchasing software like Tradeshift
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills


Average Salary

On average $57,699 per annum.

Source - glassdoor.com

Career Path

Purchasing Agent is an entry-level job to intermediate job. It is the role responsible for managing supplier relationships to maintain the quality of goods and ensure contract compliance. It involves tasks like planning facilitates, sourcing and supply chain strategies. Here is how you can get this job:

  • Bachelors in business administration or any other relevant field
  • Masters in similar fields.
  • 3-5 years of experience in the field.


Career Progression

With appropriate experience in this job role, you can advance to other related job roles as well:

  • Warehouse In-charge
  • Materials handling executive
  • Transport Manager


Sample Questions

Personal
  • Why did you choose a job in logistics?

  • What qualities of yours make you best suited for this job?

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Human Resources
  • How would you react to an employee violating company rules?

  • Would you be okay with working overtime?

  • What makes you think you’d be a good fit with our company culture?

Management
  • What do you do when a shipment is late and delivery date as promised cannot be met?

  • How would you prioritize work if you had multiple tasks to complete?

  • How would you rate your organizational and time management skills?

Technical skills and knowledge
  • How familiar are you with inventory software?

  • How do you maintain positive relations with vendors?

  • What is the best way to ensure the warehouse is always stocked?