Start Out as a Purchasing Agent and Work Your Way to Becoming a Supply Chain Manager
Purchasing agents are at the heart of running an efficient operation, because the organization relies on you to keep inventory current yet be aware of spending. You are responsible for resource management, which entails data collection and analyses of current and future resources. You will analyze the market and delivery in order to assess material availability and future expenditures in relation to your organizations production needs. Controlling costs entails obtaining bids from vendors, conducting evaluations on the goods and services provided, and interviewing vendors to ensure that they will work within your organizations vision. It is your responsibility to ensure that the quality and delivery of shipments is adequate, otherwise it could create a production bottleneck. You will interface closely with production planning, customers, and suppliers in order to coordinate operating supply inventory and scheduling without wasting money.
The organization will depend on you to keep costs down while making certain that there is no lag time in production because of poor supply chain management; ultimately losing money for the company because of lost revenue. A purchasing manager will also oversee the utilities and maintenance of the facility, develop and oversee purchasing policies and procedures, on-line requisitions, and purchase orders.
Acquiring your purchasing associate's degree will assist you to provide the best possible service to your organization ultimately saving them money and time. Courses in this field typically include strategic purchasing management, cost and price analysis, contract negotiations, finance, insurance and risk issues associated with various purchases, supply chain management, and cost control.
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