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Corporate Buyer (Commodities and Lumber)

E.C. Barton & Company Corporate Office


Job Title: Corporate BuyerDepartment: Purchasing
Reports To: Vice President of Purchasing
General Description Coordinate activities involved with procuring goods and services such as raw materials, equipment, tools, parts, and supplies for the company by performing all essential job functions.  Some local and international travel will be required.


Essential Job Functions include the following, other activities may be assigned:
Coordinate and implement consistent and efficient Purchasing processes and procedures
Assist in creating and managing Corporate Purchasing programs
Data entry of purchase orders
Calling, faxing, or mailing to vendors all new purchase orders
Ability to research new trends or advances in product line and recommend appropriate changes to product offering
Negotiates with vendors to obtain product or service information such as price, availability, and delivery schedule
Contact vendors about status of an order and develop new supply sources where vendors are inadequate
Reviews bids with Vice President of Purchasing and makes awards
Works closely with stores and distribution centers to ensure product was received
Research delinquent arrivals from Purchase Orders
Follows safety regulations and corporate guidelines on business ethics


Performance Behaviors To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following performance behaviors:
Effective Communicator - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings.
Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Entrepreneurship - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Performs work with a constant awareness of improving processes necessary to control cost, meet deadlines, and achieve performance goals.
Organized Workplace - The job's success depends on systems and procedures; its successful   performance is tied to careful organization of activities, tasks, and projects that require accuracy.  Record keeping and planning are essential components of the job.
Analysis of Data - The job deals with a large number of details.  It requires that details, data, and facts are analyzed and challenged prior to making decisions and that important decision-making data is maintained accurately for repeated examination as required.
Education and/or Experience                                               
Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; or three to five years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Language Skills                                                           
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Mathematical Skills                                                  
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Computer Skills                                                          
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Order processing systems; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.

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