The Purchasing Manager is responsible for complete oversight and management of all aspects of purchasing for assigned locations to improve product costs while maximizing margins. The chosen candidate will optimize and maintain strong supplier relationships and work with the branch, pricing and region management to identify and execute cost savings opportunities, including supplier selections, negotiating into stock costs, customer specific costs and supplier programs.
Work with management to identify cost negotiation and pricing opportunities for margin improvement Stay informed on market conditions affecting costs and product availability Evaluate price trends, new products launches, and product availability for cost improvement Manage suppliers to negotiate and resolve performance issues having an impact on costs, customer service or inventory Continually identify margin improvement opportunities Support and execute region-wide strategies and actively participate in margin improvement Take ownership of replacement costs accuracy to ensure the various systems are utilizing negotiated levels to maximize profitability Monitor, plan and negotiate expiring supplier price agreements to prevent margin erosion and maximizing performance Develop supplier performance metrics, oversee tracking, evaluate results, and work with suppliers to improve their performance Work and communicate with new and existing suppliers to help reduce costs and add value Assist in the recruitment, selection and training/coaching of personnel Provide strong leadership and encourage professional development at all levels to ensure future growth and reduce turnover; explain/teach appropriate policies, procedures and associated practices Ensure compliance with WESCO standard policies, procedures, etc. Understand and support LEAN programs and procedures for document control, purchasing, process control, etc. Perform other duties as required Knowledge of common purchasing and inventory concepts, practices and procedures Strong interpersonal skills to demonstrate teamwork, leadership and flexibility while working with all levels of the organization Strong written and verbal communication skills Ability to organize and prioritize tasks to ensure timely completion Strong computer, mathematical and analytical skills Strong time management skills Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment, and find solutions Ability to explain and teach policies, procedures and practicesEXPERIENCE Minimum of 3 years experience with increasing responsibility in purchasing management EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in Business or related field required