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Robert Half International Purchasing Agent in JOLIET, Illinois



The Procurement Agent is responsible for determining and purchasing goods that the organization requires. They work with other parts of the organization to forecast demand, manage/evaluate inventory levels, and take orders from within the organization. They negotiate directly with vendors to get the best possible pricing and payment options. They also do cost management to identify areas of potential cost reduction and analyze the impact of pricing changes for goods and services. They assist in the receipt of purchased materials, services, and keep detailed records of purchases and stocks. They carefully monitor deliveries and any past due shipments.

Essential duties and responsibilities

Lead strategic and tactical procurement for inventory needs

Work with Sales, Quality Assurance, Customer Service, Operations, and Finance to resolve supply issues

Lead and participate in Sales and Inventory management process

Utilize ERP system to improve existing procedures for tracking inbound and outbound materials

Maintain and improve inventory turn and service level goals as well as other KPI's using history, sales plans, vendor criteria, and market trends

Maintain and manage vendor relationships

Establish and monitor minimum/maximum inventory levels for raw materials and finished goods

Research and resolve product and/or receiving discrepancies

Assist with inventory control to review, reduce, and eliminate any obsolete materials

Perform other related duties as assigned

Qualification requirements

3+ years in an inventory procurement, management, planning type role

Must possess planning, organizational and time management skills, as well as a strong understanding of supply chain and analytical problem-solving skills

Computer skills, Excel experience mandatory

ERP experience

Outstanding analytical, planning, problem solving and organizational skills

Be very proactive with a keen intuition for detecting potential issues before they arise

Effectively manage competing demands, able to self-manage multiple tasks

Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and familiar with G Suite

Advanced written and verbal communication skills (bilingual a plus)

Requirements Purchasing Functions, Purchasing Management, Purchasing Strategies, Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), ERP Solutions, Manage Vendor Relationships, Vendor Relations - Sourcing, Vendor Relationship Management, Microsoft Excel, Analytical Skills

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