Purchasing Coordinator

Job Description

Purchasing Coordinators manage the purchase of products and services for their employers. They serve as the liaison in negotiations between their company and suppliers. It is their responsibility to assess vendors, negotiate new deals and renegotiate expiring contracts, and place orders for products and services.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Purchase products and services for an organization
  • Assess products, services, and vendors 
  • Develop and implement recommendations for supply chain management optimization 
  • Negotiate pricing and sourcing details with vendors
  • Conduct product and service quality appraisal 

Education and Background

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in finance, supply chain management, or another business-related field. Many employers prefer candidates who have procurement experience or certifications. 

Skills and Competencies

  • Strong analytical, decision-making, and negotiation skills 
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with clients and vendors 
  • Solid interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written 
  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple deadlines 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite tools and other software as required 

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Purchasing Coordinator with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $38,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $37,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $41,000
  • Miami, Florida: $40,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $48,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $53,000
  • Houston, Texas: $50,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $49,000
  • New York City, New York: $55,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $46,000
  • Overall: $45,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $44,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $45,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $50,000
  • Miami, Florida: $48,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $60,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $59,000
  • Houston, Texas: $64,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $60,000
  • New York City, New York: $66,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $59,000
  • Overall: $56,000

Similar Titles

  • Purchasing Agent 
  • Supply Coordinator
  • Procurement Analyst
  • Buyer and Purchasing Assistant 
  • Purchasing and Inventory Control Coordinator  

Career Path

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in a business-related field. Employers may prefer candidates who have procurement experience and certifications. Purchasing Coordinators can advance to positions such as Purchasing Manager, Purchasing Buyer, and Chief Procurement Officer. 

Position Trends

The supply chain management field, encompassing Purchasing Coordinators, is a multi-trillion dollar global industry. The economy very much influences this profession, and job opportunities fluctuate accordingly. Professional opportunities to develop knowledge and skills, including supply chain management certifications, are offered by the Association for Supply Chain Management.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the Purchasing Coordinator field should decline six percent from 2018 to 2028. 

Typical Hours

Typical hours for this position are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in an office setting. 

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