Profession purchase planner

Purchase planners organise the continuous supply with goods out of existing contracts.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Conventional / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Supply chain management

    The flow of goods in the supply chain, movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.

  • Export control principles

    The restrictions a country imposes on its exported products and goods.

  • Embargo regulations

    The national, international and foreign sanctions and embargo regulations, e.g. Council Regulation (EU) No 961/2010.

  • Transportation methods

    Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and optimal work strategies.

  • International import export regulations

    Know the principles that govern the import and export of products and equipment, trade restrictions, health and safety measures, licenses, etc.

Skills

  • Identify suppliers

    Determine potential suppliers for further negotiation. Take into consideration aspects such as product quality, sustainability, local sourcing, seasonality and coverage of the area. Evaluate the likelihood of obtaining beneficial contracts and agreements with them.

  • Prepare purchasing reportings

    Prepare documentation and files related to product purchases.

  • Assess supplier risks

    Evaluate supplier performance in order to assess which suppliers do or may not perform adequately, stick to the agreed contracts, meet the standard requirements and desired quality at all times or who may pose future risks.

  • Have computer literacy

    Utilise computers, IT equipment and modern day technology in an efficient way.

  • Apply procurement

    Undertake ordering of services, equipment, goods or ingredients, compare costs and check the quality to ensure optimal payoff for the organisation.

  • Ensure compliance with purchasing and contracting regulations

    Implement and monitor company activities in compliance with legal contracting and purchasing legislations.

  • Apply numeracy skills

    Practise reasoning and apply simple or complex numerical concepts and calculations.

  • Perform market research

    Gather, assess and represent data about target market and customers in order to facilitate strategic development and feasibility studies. Identify market trends.

  • Perform multiple tasks at the same time

    Execute multiple tasks at the same time, being aware of key priorities.

  • Maintain relationship with suppliers

    Build a lasting and meaningful relationship with suppliers and service providers in order to establish a positive, profitable and enduring collaboration, co-operation and contract negotiation.

  • Negotiate buying conditions

    Negotiate terms such as price, quantity, quality, and delivery terms with vendors and suppliers in order to ensure the most beneficial buying conditions.

  • Track price trends

    Monitor the direction and momentum of the product prices on a long-term basis, identify and predict the movement of prices as well as identify the recurring trends.

  • Visit suppliers

    Visit local or international suppliers to get an accurate understanding of their services and report back to clients on that basis.

  • Manage purchasing cycle

    Oversee complete purchasing cycle, including generating requisitions, PO creation, PO follow-up, goods reception, and final payment actions.

  • Identify new business opportunities

    Pursue potential customers or products in order to generate additional sales and ensure growth.

Optional knowledge and skills

show diplomacy analyse logistic changes analyse consumer buying trends manage standard enterprise resource planning system check shipments manufacturer's recommended price carry out statistical forecasts create solutions to problems negotiate sales contracts report accounts of the professional activity communicate with customers