Buyer at WESCO in Richmond, VA

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Responsible for placing and authorizng purchase orders within assigned limits. Expedites orders, tracks deliveries, resolves shipping errors, and maintains accurate records following established guidelines.

Detailed Description

• Reviews daily purchasing reports and system recommendations and determines proper quantities and items to purchase and creates purchasing documents to send suppliers.

• Maintains inventory availability while minimizing working capital investment.

• Tactical execution of stock replenishment, and special order (SO) buying where assigned while making buying decisions based on most economical method with respect to quantities, order minimums or prepaid terms and mode of transportation.

• Guarantees accurate purchase order quantities, costs, notes and terms compliance.

• Ensures electronic data interchange (EDI), automated stock replenishment (ASR/VMI), emailed and faxed orders reach suppliers.

• Follows up with suppliers concerning order status and delivery, and communicates delivery information to impacted departments.

• Reviews daily supplier shipping error notices and takes appropriate action.

• Reviews excess and inactive inventory reports and negotiates with suppliers to obtain return goods authorizations on excess and inactive material.

• Assists managers with evaluating supplier performance related to on-time delivery, fill rates, shipping errors, transfer cost improvements, branch support, and other measures.Job Requirements


Purchasing within supply chain environment – 1 year required.

Electrical supply – 2 years preferred.


Bachelors’ Degree in Supply Chain or related field required.


Knowledge of purchasing and inventory concepts, practices, and procedures in the electrical industry.

Knowledge of industry including suppliers, customers, and competitors preferred.

Knowledge of business performance measures.

Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Strong negotiation skills.

Strong problem solving skills.

Strong analytical skills.

Strong computer skills, including purchasing and inventory management systems, programs and reports

Ability to exercise judgment.

Working Environment:

· General Office – Work is generally performed within an office environment, with standard office equipment. Lighting and temperature are adequate and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc.

physical requirements:

· Work is generally sedentary in nature, but may require standing and walking for up to 10% of the time.

mental requirements:

· Employee required to analyze and interpret complex data.

· Employee required to problem-solve.

· Employee required to communicate with the public.

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