What skills are needed to succeed as a purchaser at a company like IBM?

What skills are needed to succeed as a purchaser at a company like IBM?
2018-08-01T19:39:08Z 1
2018-08-01T19:39:08Z

Former Manufacturing Purchaser at IBM

about 2 years ago
You need to be organized. Many times you will have many requests or a need to reorder product at the same time. It is important to be organized and prioritize you customer’s needs. In a purchasing mindset always view your demand as a customer. Even if you work for the same organization (they) are always the customer and you treat them as one. Do not be afraid to give your suggestions or ideas. There is always a place to improve and make processes more efficient. Be wary of demand needs and be analytical to your incoming and outgoing product. When doing this analysis keep in mind of your budget or budget constraints. Luckily purchasing for a manufacturing facility there will normally be a forecast for production; Take this forecast and plan your budget accordingly (then ask for more), you never know what will come up for outlying orders and you will need the cushion. Traditionally you will not get what you ask for so you will need to adjust accordingly. Last, document everything whether on a spreadsheet or paper filing depending on the system that is in place.
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