Purchasing specialists typically hold manager-level positions charged with making purchases necessary for their organization's operations. The day-to-day duties performed by these specialists vary depending on the needs of the company. However, generally, a purchasing specialist works in a service-oriented business and oversees the purchasing and inventory of operating supplies rather than retail goods. Hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and companies that repair, maintain, or conduct construction work typically have a purchasing specialist.
Purchasing Specialist Tasks
Maintain working relationships with vendors, evaluate vendor contract terms, and negotiate prices.
Place, schedule, and follow-up on orders to ensure accuracy and timely delivery.
Predict required packaging or resources according to customer requests and coordinate with vendors to obtain products.
Resolve billing issues and any conflicts between the company and the vendors.