Senior Purchasing Specialistat CDW Careers

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Job ID: 20000864
Updated: Mar 19, 2021
Location: Lincolnshire, IL, United States

The Senior Purchasing Specialist is responsible for negotiating, purchasing, and maintaining inventory for specific product lines that are more than $10M daily. This role is required to drive revenue and margin for their product lines in collaboration with their Brand Managers.

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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of competitive landscape and market share to make decisions for CDW.
  • Collaborate with Brand Managers to meet or exceed budgeted partner controllable margin and revenue goals.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree OR
  • 3 years of purchasing experience

Other Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrate financial acumen to negotiate and execute opportunistic buy in deals.
  • 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 executive 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.
  • Demonstrated inventory related financial acumen
  • Working knowledge of purchasing related accounting issues.
  • History of successfully working independently.
  • Ability to travel when required.

Job Category: Product and Partner Management
Job Type: Full-Time
Travel Percentage: 10%

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