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Compile information and records to draw up purchase orders for procurement of materials and services.
 Tasks
 
 
  • Prepare purchase orders and send copies to suppliers and to departments originating requests.
     
  • Determine if inventory quantities are sufficient for needs, ordering more materials when necessary.
     
  • Respond to customer and supplier inquiries about order status, changes, or cancellations.
     
  • Perform buying duties when necessary.
     
  • Contact suppliers in order to schedule or expedite deliveries and to resolve shortages, missed or late deliveries, and other problems.
     
  • Review requisition orders in order to verify accuracy, terminology, and specifications.
     
  • Prepare, maintain, and review purchasing files, reports and price lists.
     
  • Compare prices, specifications, and delivery dates in order to determine the best bid among potential suppliers.
     
  • Track the status of requisitions, contracts, and orders.
     
  • Calculate costs of orders, and charge or forward invoices to appropriate accounts.
     
     Skills
     
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
     Knowledge
     
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
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      Education:   Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
      Related Experience:   Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
     
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide Units $43,541 $20.93  $14.25  $16.52 - $25.34 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $41,222 $19.82  $14.63  $16.52 - $23.46 
    Danbury $44,594 $21.44  $15.86  $18.30 - $25.84 
    Hartford $38,397 $18.46  $11.91  $14.10 - $22.41 
    New Haven $49,808 $23.95  $16.88  $18.76 - $28.72 
    New London/Norwich $43,895 $21.10  $15.82  $17.94 - $24.72 
    Waterbury $44,816 $21.55  $16.74  $17.63 - $23.66 
    Torrington $44,523 $21.41  $18.73  $19.57 - $23.40 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2010 - 2020 )
     
    Average Annual Job Openings:   45
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, and the number of annual openings will offer good or favorable job opportunities.
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