CDW Purchasing Agent in Lincolnshire, Illinois

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.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 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.

Purchasing Agent

Lincolnshire, IL