Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing.
- Prepare purchase orders, solicit bid proposals, and review requisitions for goods and services.
- Interview vendors and visit suppliers' plants and distribution centers to examine and learn about products, services, and prices.
- Monitor and follow applicable laws and regulations.
- Attend meetings, trade shows, conferences, conventions, and seminars to network with people in other purchasing departments.
- Research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, and the supplier's reputation and history.
- Confer with staff, users, and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action.
- Evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes.
- Maintain and review computerized or manual records of items purchased, costs, deliveries, product performance, and inventories.
- Arrange the payment of duty and freight charges.
- Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine reasonable prices.
- Active Listening —Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Reading Comprehension —Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Critical Thinking —Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Active Learning —Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Judgment and Decision Making —Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Management of Financial Resources —Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
- Writing —Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Complex Problem Solving —Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Monitoring —Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Considerable Preparation Needed
- Education:Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
- Related Experience:A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
- Job Training:Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Job Zone Examples:Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and special agents.
- Specific Vocational Preparation in years: (7.0 to < 8.0)