Buyer / Purchasing Agent

Procurement Dept.


The Buyer is responsible for the day to day management of a dedicated supplier base of approximately 50+ vendors & 8,000+ skus, ensuring all inventory is in stock in a timely manner and purchased at the right price. This role utilizes a variety of resources to ensure product timelines and inventory levels are met and the supply chain process is efficient – meeting the needs of all internal and external customer requirements and expectations.

Key Responsibilities

• Placing purchase orders with approved suppliers and coordinating delivery of product with a sense of urgency
• Daily review of purchasing reports to ensure stock levels are maintained; review of branches to determine which product to transfer if excess stock is on hand
• Assisting sales department with rush orders for timely delivery of stock to customers in order to comply with goal of 99% fill rate expectation
• Managing cost comparisons and analysis between suppliers to find the best priced product
• Reviewing open orders and following up with suppliers to confirm delivery dates and communicating with sales team to keep abreast of timelines
• Participate in project work based on department need and as assigned by the Procurement Director or VP
• Communicate with Quotations on project requirements and special pricing
• Managing assigned vendor SKU base including changing prices, part numbers and suppliers as required
• Coordinating daily with Branch Managers to follow up on inventory transfers, new product set up or other requests
• In partnership with the Procurement Director, coordinate the return of excess inventory based on min/max reviews and spreadsheet analysis identifying slow moving product
• Maintaining product knowledge and ensuring awareness of any changes or updates to product line
• Reviewing invoicing issues for price discrepancies with AP and ensuring proper price is charged by the supplier by investigating root cause
• Any other duties as required


• 5+ years of previous experience in a similar role is required
• High sense of urgency and strong work ethic
• Excellent customer service skills is required
• Multi-tasking skills with the ability to manage various orders and activities
• Computer Literate in Microsoft Office with exceptional Excel skills
• Team oriented – ability to work well with others
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to react quickly and provide solutions to problems
• Ability to remain strong under pressure and provide logical solutions
• Pursuit of PMAC is an asset
• Strong product knowledge of plumbing and hydronic supplies is an asset

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