The Buyer places and authorizes purchase orders within assigned limits. Expedites orders, tracks deliveries, resolves shipping errors, and maintains accurate records following established guidelines.
Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following: · Evaluate supplier quotes and services to determine most desirable suppliers.· May negotiate materials, equipment and supplies from suppliers. · Follow up with suppliers concerning order status and delivery and communicate delivery information to impacted WESCO departments. · Maintain accurate purchasing, pricing and cost data on applicable company systems. · Enter purchase orders based on purchasing procedures and decisions made using WESCO purchasing system reports and inventory classification of the data. Enter purchase orders for special order items entered onto all of the distribution centers. Ship material from other Distribution Centers by using the shared inventory.· Ensure that all electronic data interchange, automated stock replenishment, and faxed orders reach the supplier. · Review daily supplier shipping error notices and take appropriate action.· Review quarterly excess/obsolete inventory reports and negotiate with suppliers to obtain return goods authorizations on excess material.· Coordinate product replacements and product recalls.· Review all unit of measure problems. · Assist the Purchasing Manager with evaluating supplier performance related to on-time delivery, fill rates and errors, transfer cost improvements, branch support, and other measures.· Comply with WESCO standard policies, procedures, internal audit and Sarbanes-Oxley controls, and quality control processes. Understand and support ISO standards and support WESCO procedures for document control, purchasing, process control, corrective and preventative action, and control of quality records. Performs other duties as required
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES · Knowledge of purchasing and inventory concepts, practices, and procedures in the electrical industry· Knowledge of industry including suppliers, customers, and competitors· Knowledge of business performance measures· Strong communication skills, both verbal and written· Strong negotiation skills· Strong problem solving skills· Strong analytical skills· Strong computer skills, including purchasing and inventory management systems, programs and reports· Ability to exercise judgment EXPERIENCEMinimum of 3 years of purchasing experienceMinimum of 2 years of electrical supply experience