Monday, February 20, 2012

Purchasing Agent at Battelle in Columbus

JOB TITLE: Technology Purchasing Agent


We are currently seeking a Purchasing Agent. This position located in Columbus, Ohio.

-Procures services and materials of a moderate dollar value, risk and complexity in accordance with corporate policies and procedures and within government laws and regulations.
-Ensures fair and reasonable prices and prompt deliveries from responsible suppliers in a competitive atmosphere.
-Reviews requisitions for accuracy and completeness, identifies and selects sources, seeks competition, evaluates bids, and negotiates as necessary the purchase orders for goods and services in assigned commodity.
-Manages and places purchase orders within assigned commodity. Issues RFQ’s and obtains quotes for standard products and services in support of new business proposals and on-going projects; makes recommendations for supplier/order selection and order placement.
-Identifies and develops new sources of supply for Battelle requirements or potential requirements with special emphasis on utilizing small, small-disadvantaged, minority-owned and women-owned businesses.
-Develops and maintains supplier relationships. Performs supplier site visits and performs supplier evaluations where required.
-Recommends sources of supply to users/technical staff utilizing market knowledge, experience, special purchasing resource files, etc.
Assists in identifying of alternate sources of supply; works effectively with project staff to accomplish consolidated supply agreements that meet project requirements (price, terms, schedule, quality and availability).
-Reviews procurement activity to ensure that buying is reappraised on a competitive basis, and is consistent with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR's), Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), other regulations and laws, generally accepted business practices, ethics, etc. Maintains ‘order files’ in an audit-ready condition and conforms to standard practices and Battelle
operating procedures.
-Negotiates adjustments with vendors, requisitioners, accounting, etc., to mitigate risks and optimize profitability. Expedites/resolves delivery order or schedule problems with suppliers to meet the needs of the Battelle project or business group. Develops solutions to
supplier delivery problems.
-Advises Lead Purchasing Agent and/or Purchasing Manager of market, technical and administrative trends and problems within assigned area. Resolves problems with accounting on supplier invoice payment issues, as required

-Requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent related experience.
-Experience in business, purchasing and/or materials/supply management. -Requires some knowledge and experience in procurement, supply management and UCC/Federal Acquisition regulations.
-Knowledge of business principles in areas such as supply chain management, purchasing, business and contracts law, finance, accounting and standard operating procedures.
-Independently able to execute basic purchasing responsibilities and resolve problems of low to moderate complexity with suppliers and supported client staff.

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