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Purchasing Agent

Purchasing – Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Department Purchasing
Employment Type Regular Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Summary Description

Performs various tasks necessary to purchase materials, equipment, and tools needed by the Company.  Negotiates with suppliers to obtain best possible prices.  Controls expediting, returns, and surplus material.

Duties and Responsibilities

 Essential Functions:

  • Provides estimators and project managers with material prices, availability, substitution, technical information, etc.
  • Provides purchasing support to general managers, project managers and estimators as jobs are being designed, or prepared for bid.
  • Performs various tasks necessary to purchase materials, equipment and tools needed to complete field projects such as:
  • Establishes purchases priorities.
  • Assures accuracy and reasonableness of requisitions and invoices.
  • Negotiates purchase, availability, and price of materials.
  • Assures orders are expedited as required by project managers and field personnel.
  • Updates and distributes vendor list to project managers, superintendents and forepersons, as requested.
  • Authorizes purchase of materials from suppliers, assigns purchase order number, determines sales tax rate and tax, designates shipping date and freight charges, and provides background instructions and shipping directions and instructions.
  • Works with Project Team to stage materials in locations designated to be the most efficient for quick retrieval and safest to avoid tripping hazard.
  • Assures that surplus materials are evaluated and sold.
  • Assures that returned materials are properly documented and returned to vendor in a timely manner or credited to appropriate job.
  • Maintains contacts with suppliers' representatives.
  • Negotiates and maintains material blanket agreements with vendors and distributes information to Estimating Department and project managers.
  • Performs data entry of material lists, invoices, and packing slips.
  • Assists warehouse personnel in assuring maintenance of proper inventory levels.
  • Keeps abreast of new developments and techniques in the electrical construction trade.
  • Recommends improved methods of operation.
  • Checks inventory listing for price accuracy.

Job Qualifications 

Skills/Educational Requirements:

  • High school diploma.
  • Minimum of 3-4 years’ experience in purchasing.
  • Working knowledge of materials, tools and equipment used in the electrical contracting and building automation industries.
  • Above average negotiating skills.
  • Above average math skills.
  • Good human relations skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to prioritize work, handle pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Confident, decisive, self-motivated, stable personality.

Physical Requirements:

  • Working up to 40 hours/week, scheduled in 8 to 10-hour shifts.
  • Vision adequate for daily and consistent computer use and reading.
  • Sitting 6 to 8 hours/day.
  • Lifting weights of 0 to 30 lbs. from floor to above shoulders.
  • Repetitive use of hands for writing, typing, data entry.
  • Hearing adequate for phone use. 
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  • Location
    Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
  • Department
    Purchasing
  • Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Mid-level
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