Purchasing Agent in Houston, TX at National Strand

Date Posted: 6/21/2022

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Job Description

The Company

US Wire Group is the parent of three independent companies (five manufacturing facilities) which produce steel wire and cable/wire related products that serve many industries. The independent business model fosters entrepreneurship and growth and allows professional development at all levels. US Wire Group is part of the Metals Processing Group and wholly owned by The Heico Companies, LLC.

Our philosophy of developing a close customer contact to provide prompt, responsive service and to meet our customer's changing needs allows us to be leaders within our respective industries. Products are marketed domestically through a direct sales force, manufacturer's representatives and an established network of independent distributors. Our company is diverse and has a solid management base, product/market niches and efficient manufacturing capabilities.

The Position

We are searching for a tech-savvy Purchaser with a keen eye for detail to buy various goods for our company. The Purchaser's duties will include conducting market research, building a network of reliable vendors and service providers, negotiating the best contracts, inspecting deliveries, and traveling overseas to secure deals and meet with potential clients. You should have stellar communication skills and display a high degree of cultural sensitivity to fill this role.

Job Description

To be successful as a Purchaser, you should be able to identify emerging consumer trends and have a good ability to read people. Outstanding Purchasers can juggle multiple responsibilities at once and make important decisions in fast-paced environments.

Primary Responsibilities

• Conducting research on potential products, vendors, and services, and comparing price and quality to ensure the best deal.

• Meeting with vendors and clients to negotiate the best contracts.

• Liaising with delivery and warehouse teams to ensure goods are received on time.

• Monitoring inventory and writing orders to refill stock.

• Attending events, shows, and exhibitions to network with vendors and view new products.

• Inspecting purchased products upon delivery and reporting any issues timely.

• Updating all records of purchased products.

• Writing reports on purchases made and performing cost analyses.

• Attending and contributing to meetings with staff and other stakeholders.

• Develop purchasing strategies and identify buying trends to maintain the lowest possible cost.

• Conduct self-guided research to become familiar with what products are available as well as their costs and benefits.

• Search available products to find the best combination of quality, price, and delivery.

• Negotiate policies and contracts with various suppliers.

• Identify damaged or defective goods and work out an alternative solution with the supplier.

• Keep detailed records and prepare and submit necessary reports.

• Attend various conferences, supplier plants, and vendor interviews to stay informed about changes and advancements in the industry.

Job Requirements

• Four-year college degree or equivalent experience.

• Practical experience with purchasing software.

• Strong analytical skills.

• Sound research and networking skills.

• Great written, verbal and interpersonal skills.

• Strong communication, negotiation, and persuasion skills

• Analytical and mathematical capabilities to compare prices and quantities and consider vendor contract terms.

• Ability to evaluate market conditions and various suppliers.

• Keen eye for detail.

• Willingness to make quick and thoughtful decisions on behalf of the business.

• Effective relationship building skills.

Key Competencies

• Innovation Focus - Confident ability to drive change and express and advocate for new ideas and ways of doing things. Willingness to take appropriate business risks, recognizing that to succeed overall, one will occasionally fail.

• Communication Skills - Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively deliver and reinforce consistent messages at all levels. Excellent listening skills


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