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Consolidated Electrical Distributors Purchasing Agent in Windsor Heights, Iowa


Job title: Purchasing Agent

Job ID: 202498030001

Department: Iowa - 3E

Location: IA-Windsor Heights



As a Purchasing Agent, you will be responsible for sourcing goods and managing vendors. The successful candidate will be able to perform strategic, high-quality, and cost-effective procurement activities across multiple suppliers and business facets. You should know how to evaluate market conditions and negotiate effectively to maintain relationships with customers and vendors. The Purchasing Agent is responsible for maintaining optimal inventory levels, ensuring optimal turns, eliminating aged inventory, and keeping up with the market demand for new products.

Organizational skills and attention to detail will play a vital role in managing large projects for our customers and retrieving the correct material for the job.

Reports to: Profit Center Manager

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with sourcing and vendor management, negotiation, and networking

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills


  • Analytical skills

  • Solid judgment with ability to make decisions in a fluid environment and overcome challenges

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Purchasing or Project Management: 1 year

  • Inside sales: 1 year

  • College degree

Working Conditions:

This job operates in a professional office environment and various warehouse locations and conditions.

This role routinely uses standard office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands/fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.

Supervisory Responsibilities: No

Essential Job Functions:

  • Seek and partner with reliable vendors and suppliers.

  • Processing stock/non-stock purchase orders

  • Keep manufacturer cost files up to date.

  • Maintain pricing matrices

  • Adding/deleting products in CEDNet

  • Monitor commodity pricing and availability

  • Annual/defective vendor returns

  • Debit/credit memos

  • Work through freight claims and change order requests with both the customers and the vendors

  • Inside sales support

  • Creating tickets for customer orders

  • Quoting customer bill of material

  • Schedule and communicate the release of material and delivery expectations with the customers and our warehouse operation.

CED is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Disability | Veteran