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