What does a Purchasing Analyst do?

Purchasing analysts play a crucial role in supply chain management, where their primary role is to serve as a liaison between their employer and its vendors. They're responsible for inspecting and testing samples and documenting each product’s features and benefits, using the information to assist with their final purchasing decisions. They are responsible for understanding their employer’s needs and communicating with potential vendors.

Purchasing analysts closely deal with vendors, which requires skilled negotiation, communication, written, and communication capabilities to draft contracts. They must be experts at cost-benefit analysis and continuously use it to compare vendors and choose the best fit for their employer, keeping a timeline in mind. They are responsible for documenting all vendor costs and generating monthly cost reports for stakeholders. Purchasing analysts need a bachelor's degree in engineering, accounting, business, or finance.

What responsibilities are common for Purchasing Analyst jobs?
  • Formulate requests for proposal/quotations/information, bid analysis, tenders, and risk evaluations.
  • Advise in the interpretation and tailoring of acquisition regulations/memorandums, and ensure affordable, supportable and effective systems are delivered to the customer.
  • Provide assistance in analyzing and developing improved policies, plans, methods, procedures, and systems of acquisition management programs.
  • Mentor, train and lead junior acquisition analysts and allocating/manage resources across multiple tasks/projects.
  • Select suppliers and manage corresponding partnerships for all operating companies.
  • Lead cross-functional affiliate teams to drive purchasing initiatives and improve bottom line performance.
  • Maintain current and accurate understanding of a broad base of commodities, service categories and general business conditions.
  • Analyze trends and make corresponding sourcing decisions that contribute directly to the company's competitive position.
  • Negotiate and award multi-faceted, large and complex, business wide and affiliate specific enterprise contracts to minimize operational, legal and financial risks.
What are the typical qualifications for Purchasing Analyst jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business or computer science.
  • Exhibit strong leadership and problem solving skills.
  • Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning programs and tools.
  • Comfortable preparing and analyzing cost estimates.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Purchasing Analyst Salaries near Canada

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$59,915 /yr
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Purchasing Analyst Career Path

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Beckman Coulter DiagnosticsBeckman Coulter Diagnostics
Purchasing Analyst
Dec 7, 2022

“Purchasing department was incredibly toxic and I was warned by other employees that working there would be miserable within my first two weeks.”

Ion Exchange IndiaIon Exchange India
Purchase Executive
Nov 30, 2021

“Working style is good and well department”

Fidelity National Home WarrantyFidelity National Home Warranty
Purchasing Analyst
Jul 6, 2022

“Outdated and complicated processes and software make this job much harder than needed.”

Caplin Point LaboratoriesCaplin Point Laboratories
Purchase Executive
Jun 3, 2021

“Good good good good good”

Client Acquisition Executive
Jan 11, 2023

“Good salary maneger are good”

Gujarat Chemical Port Terminal CompanyGujarat Chemical Port Terminal Company
Purchase Executive
Oct 6, 2021

“Good good good good good”

Sankey ControlsSankey Controls
Purchase Executive
Mar 8, 2022

“Nice to work and great”

Sogefi GroupSogefi Group
Purchase Executive
Aug 2, 2023

“Good learning and experience for career growth”

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