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Procurement Specialist



Procurement specialists specialize in finding goods or services for a business at a good price and meets the needs of the business.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Work across business units to plan and prioritize purchasing activities
  • Review planned orders, create requisitions for purchased items, and manage approval process
  • Transmit and prioritize approved purchase orders to the chosen supplier
  • Track order acknowledgements, prepare and communicate shortage and back order reports
  • Ensure that if there is a potential for a shortage or interruption in supplies that the affected parties are notified for planning purposes
  • Track orders and confirm delivery dates and costs
  • Review, update, and maintain purchase orders until they are fully completed
  • Ensure orders adhere to supplier agreements and contracts
  • Negotiate contracts, agreements and pricing with suppliers
  • Handle occurrences when contracts or agreements are not kept
  • Lead finance and logistics staff in resolving reception and invoice discrepancies
  • Identify opportunities and implement actions to achieve efficiencies
  • Contribute to consolidation, reduction, and rationalization of the local supplier base
  • Build strong relationships with suppliers


What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree can get you an entry level procurement job. It is also recommended that you obtain a Certified Procurement Professional (CPP®) certification.


To pursue a career as procurement specialist:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, business courses, computer courses, statistics, and mathematics. 


Where can I work?

A wide variety of agricultural companies employ procurement specialist to purchase ingredients and supplies including; seed and chemical companies, food production companies, animal production companies, and grain marketing firms.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a procurement specialist will be good over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Purchasing Society
  • Association of Certified Procurement and Operations Professionals
  • Institute for Supply Management 
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