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Purchasing Agentat CDW Careers

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Sales Support
Date Posted 
Aug 05, 2022
Lincolnshire, Illinois
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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.


COVID-19 Update:
CDW is committed to maintaining a workplace that is free of known hazards and to ensuring the safety, health, and well-being of coworkers and candidates for employment and their families, as well as the community.

CDW requires all coworkers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the only exceptions being a documented, legally required medical or religious accommodation.  Prior to starting with CDW, successful candidates will be required to: (i) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide CDW with proof of full vaccination; or (ii) apply for and receive a medical or religious-based accommodation to be exempt from the mandatory vaccination policy.

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