Purchasing Assistant - Indiana Regions Overview:
The graph above shows that there were
410 job postings for the occupation of Purchasing Assistant in Indiana during 2013 and 2014. The vertical bar chart shows which regions had the most demand for Purchasing Assistant. These numbers represent current demand as advertised in online job postings and do not necessarily indicate projected job growth in the future. Nevertheless, these numbers are a valid barometer for gauging recent job demand statewide and regionally in Indiana.
What Purchasing Assistant Do:
Compile information and records to draw up purchase orders for procurement of materials and services.
Common Job Activities:
- Perform buying duties when necessary.
- Prepare purchase orders and send copies to suppliers and to departments originating requests.
- Compare suppliers' bills with bids and purchase orders to verify accuracy.
- Prepare, maintain, and review purchasing files, reports and price lists.
- Check shipments when they arrive to ensure that orders have been filled correctly and that goods meet specifications.
- Compare prices, specifications, and delivery dates to determine the best bid among potential suppliers.
- Approve and pay bills.
- Review requisition orders to verify accuracy, terminology, and specifications.
- Determine if inventory quantities are sufficient for needs, ordering more materials when necessary.
- Calculate costs of orders, and charge or forward invoices to appropriate accounts.
- Maintain knowledge of all organizational and governmental rules affecting purchases, and provide information about these rules to organization staff members and to vendors.
- Contact suppliers to schedule or expedite deliveries and to resolve shortages, missed or late deliveries, and other problems.
- Track the status of requisitions, contracts, and orders.
- Respond to customer and supplier inquiries about order status, changes, or cancellations.
- Locate suppliers, using sources such as catalogs and the internet, and interview them to gather information about products to be ordered.
- Train and supervise subordinates and other staff.
- Monitor contractor performance, recommending contract modifications when necessary.
- Prepare invitation-of-bid forms, and mail forms to supplier firms or distribute forms for public posting.
- Monitor in-house inventory movement and complete inventory transfer forms for bookkeeping purposes.
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