Purchasing Agent

Duluth, Minnesota
Sales (Sales and Related Occupations)
Job Type
Working Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
US$ 50,000 - US$ 70,000 per year
Ref. Number
Kvale, Sarah, Spherion
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Job Description

Spherion is currently working with a local company to fill a Purchasing Agent! This is a full-time, direct hire position. Along with the competitive salary the company offers excellent benefits including 401K, a Profit Sharing Plan, paid vacation and up to 8 paid holidays per year.

The Purchasing Agent is responsible for adherence to customer expectations, managing vendor relationships, recognizing cost savings, using company's resources wisely, adherence to manufacturing schedules and resolving complex problems. The ideal candidate will have the ability to perform proper analysis to ensure accurate delivery of products and services while maintaining internal controls, operational excellence, and good customer service. The position has contact with customers, vendors and employees. Duties will require a high degree of interpersonal skills, communication, organization and confidentiality.

--Study sales records and inventory levels of current stock to develop strategic and profitable purchasing programs
--Assess supplier profiles and analyze offers
--Prepare and implement effective negotiation tactics
--Manage relationships with key suppliers to maintain quality of goods, timely delivery and compliance with terms of contracts
--Analyze and resolve purchasing issues/discrepancies
--Prepare and submit detailed reports (revenues, buying expenditures etc.)
--Keep updated records
--Report KPI (Key Performance Indicator) data as requested to assess, analyze and track vendor performance
--Participate in cost reduction activities, observe and report price increases
--Prepare and forward purchase orders to suppliers to ensure proper inventory
--Update professional skill sets through participation in educational opportunities
--Monitor shipments to ensure that goods come in on time, and in the event of problems trace shipments and follow up undelivered goods
--Various other duties as they are required in a dynamic business environment

Working hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

--In-depth knowledge of market research, data analysis and purchasing best practices
--Hands on experience with purchasing software
--Problem solver with an analytical mindset
--Committed to engaging and understanding business and department needs
--Excellent customer service skills
--Interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written, are necessary to effectively interact with team members, customers and vendors
--Excellent prioritization, time management and organizational skills
--Unquestioned moral and ethical behavior
--Ability to handle confidential information with discretion


1-4 years

--Associate or Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration or similar related field
--2-3 years previous Purchasing Agent work experience

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Spherion has helped thousands of people just like you find work happiness! Our experienced staff will listen carefully to your employment needs and then work diligently to match your skills and qualifications to the right job and company. Whether you're looking for temporary, temp-to-perm or direct hire opportunities, no one works harder for you than Spherion. EEO Employer: Race, Religion, Color, National Origin, Citizenship, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Ancestry, Veteran Status, Genetic Information, Service in the Uniformed Services or any other classification protected by law.

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