Purchasing Agent - Research & General Services - 1700843
The Purchasing Agent has primary responsibility for the processing and dispatching of assigned purchase orders for research laboratory products, equipment and operational general services in accordance with the terms and conditions of the governing contract and Purchasing and university policies.The Purchasing Agent is the prime interface between university customers and suppliers for purchase transaction support. The Purchasing Agent supports the Sourcing Officer in supplier negotiations, supplier performance and contract deployment.
Requests price quotes/proposals. Negotiates best purchasing terms and conditions taking into account all customer requirements
Drafts and/or negotiates contracts for professional services as assigned
Assigned commodities include: research products and equipment, professional services, general services, other miscellaneous commodities as assigned
Processes all purchase requisitions and issues purchase orders; expedites deliveries
Responsible for resolving invoice, receiving and warranty disputes with suppliers
Works closely with Sourcing Officers in the deployment of commodity strategies and supplier contracts
Assists customers in defining specifications and sourcing options
Preferred Skills and Experiences
Minimum of 2+ years' experience in purchasing
Experience in purchasing research laboratory products and services including chemicals, lab supplies, scientific equipment purchases and repair, laboratory gases, hazardous materials, custom genetic materials
Experience in purchasing services for industrial, commercial, institutional or government requirements
Experience in complex contract drafting and negotiations desired
Experience working in a complex university or not for profit organization environment desired but not required
Experience in working in a team environment
Problem solving skills
Strong oral, written and presentation communication skills
Proven customer service orientation
Well-developed PC skills especially with Microsoft Office suite. Experience with internet-based procurement systems (e.g., SciQuest, Ariba, etc.) is also desired but not required.
Job requires Bachelor's and 3 years of experience or the equivalent.
Bachelor degree in business administration, biology, chemistry or other sciences preferred.