The Purchasing Specialist is responsible for negotiating, purchasing, and maintaining inventory for specific product lines that are up to $10M daily. This role is required to drive revenue and margin for their product lines in collaboration with their Product Management team.
Key Areas of Responsibility
Analysis of sales and seasonal trends to effectively manage inventory in multiple distribution centers.
Accurately set pricing to ensure CDW is competitive and products will sell in a timely manner.
Proactively negotiate favorable pricing, partner funding, payment terms, price protection policies, and return policies to CDW.
Demonstrate financial acumen to negotiate and execute opportunistic buy in deals.
Maintain inventory mix and roadmaps for product lines within category.
Proven track record in inventory management for product lines, with the ability to manage products through their lifecycle and product positioning issues.
Develop and maintain internal and external partner relationships at all levels to contribute to category growth.
Align with Product Management to drive product offerings and earn incremental funding.
Analyze industry information to identify opportunities and strategies to increase partner sales within CDW.
Report on supply chain metrics, including days of supply, aging inventory, backorders, lead time, and primary supplier fill rate.
Provide monthly reporting outlining various metrics and revenue data, including buy-ins and rebates.
Bachelor’s degree OR
2 years of purchasing experience
Other Required Qualifications
Critical thinking and resourcefulness to solve problems with supply chain and inventory management.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively interact and present to all stakeholders including senior leadership.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
Knowledge of CDW systems, partner programs and processes to maximize revenue and margin.
Demonstrated price negotiation and analytical skills.
Working knowledge of purchasing related accounting issues.
History of successfully working independently.
Ability to travel when required.