Assistant Buyer

Job Description
Under general supervision and according to Company policies and procedures, performs a variety of duties to compile information and records to assist Purchasing Department in producing purchase orders for procurement of materials and services.
Essential Functions
Prepare, maintain and review purchasing files, reports and price lists.
Locate suppliers, using sources such as catalogs and the internet and interview them to gather information about products to be ordered.
Review requisition orders to verify accuracy, terminology and specifications.
Prepare purchase orders and send copies to suppliers and to departments originating requests.
Respond to inquiries about order status, changes or cancellations.
Assists Buyers and Sr. Buyer when requested.
Identifies shortages, missed or late deliveries and other problems.
Compare prices, specifications and delivery dates in order to present best bids to clerks and buyers among potential suppliers.
Track the status of requisitions, contracts and orders.
Calculate costs of orders and charge or forward invoices to appropriate accounts.
Communicates with Receiving Department when shipments arrive to ensure that orders have been filled correctly and that goods meet specifications.
Compare suppliers' bills with bids and purchase orders in order to verify accuracy.
Determine if inventory quantities are sufficient for needs, ordering more materials when necessary.
Additional Responsibilities
Education and Experience
Associates Degree Required, Bachelor's preferred; prior purchasing experience in manufacturing environment considered in place of degree.
Special Skills
Must be proficient with Microsoft Office suite of software, especially Excel.
Requires effective oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and computer literacy, especially with excel spreadsheets.
Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints and deadlines.
Interpersonal skills necessary in order to respond to requests requiring research and to communicate effectively with a diverse group of managers, personnel and vendors; and provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact.
Work routinely requires a high level of mental effort and strain when performing a high volume of clerical tasks and performing other essential duties.
Work occasionally requires more than 40 hours per week to perform the essential duties of the position.
Cultural Fit - PCC Values
Drive For Results
Metrics Driven
Additional Notes
Physical Dimensions
Physical Demands - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
Work Environment - The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and vibration. The employee is frequently exposed to risk of electrical shock. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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