Sourcing Associate Salary
Sourcing Associates in the United States earn an average of $59K per year; salaries are particularly strong in Seattle, where workers earn around $76K. Sourcing Associates will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Sourcing Associate
A sourcing associate finds suppliers and evaluates them for quality and price. This associate then negotiates and purchases goods or services from these suppliers. Prior to making purchases, a sourcing associate should come up with a strategy that is approved by management.Read More...
Generally, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required for this position. The position requires someone with high analytical, communication, and negotiation skills. Computer skills will be used for many aspects of the job. The sourcing associate will be required to keep track of prospective and past purchases using electronic record keeping. Vendor profiles should also be organized electronically. The sourcing associate will also have to create contracts, reports, and presentations regarding purchasing activity. A sourcing associate needs to have extensive knowledge of current regulations, laws, and company policies in order to effectively create contracts. The associate should know what is going on in the company in order to properly acquire goods that will solve certain issues at work.
When products are acquired, the sourcing associate follows up with the departments receiving them in order to make sure that everything is satisfactory. If anything is unsatisfactory, the associate devises a new plan of action in order to obtain quality goods. The sourcing associate will often need to follow up with suppliers and other departments to make sure that deliveries occur on time. The position generally occurs in an office during standard daytime hours, though some positions may require travel. When positions involve negotiating with international vendors, hours may vary.
Sourcing Associate Tasks
- Review historical and competitive costs to identify cost savings opportunities and variances.
- Analyze category, service, material, and vendor costs to provide key decision information.
- Review financial goals and provide metrics to understand and report on initiatives and cost structure.
- Ensure books and databases are up to date and accurate.
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Popular Skills for Sourcing Associate
Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Negotiation, Vendor Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. A tool kit that includes Project Management also typically contains Negotiation and Vendor Management. It is often found that people who know Contract Negotiation are also skilled in Vendor Management and Negotiation.
Pay by Experience Level for Sourcing Associate
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $56K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $66K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Sourcing Associates make a median salary of $66K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $61K.