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Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Special purpose telephones
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  • Notebook computers
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  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
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  • Desktop computers
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  • Personal computers
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Financial analysis software
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  • Accounting software
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  • Analytical or scientific software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Purchase the highest quality merchandise at the lowest possible price and in correct amounts.
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  • Prepare purchase orders, solicit bid proposals, and review requisitions for goods and services.
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  • Research and evaluate suppliers, based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, and the supplier's reputation and history.
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  • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine reasonable prices.
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  • Monitor and follow applicable laws and regulations.
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  • Negotiate, renegotiate, and administer contracts with suppliers, vendors, and other representatives.
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  • Monitor shipments to ensure that goods come in on time, and resolve problems related to undelivered goods.
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  • Confer with staff, users, and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action.
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  • Evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes.
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  • Maintain and review computerized or manual records of purchased items, costs, deliveries, product performance, and inventories.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • 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.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • 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.
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  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
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  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • 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.
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     Education & Training
      Education:   Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
      Related Experience:   A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $71,868.00 $34.55  $24.24  $26.96 - $41.53 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $70,991.00 $34.13  $23.78  $26.60 - $41.50 
    Danbury $61,797.00 $29.71  $22.11  $23.84 - $34.90 
    Hartford $75,756.00 $36.42  $25.16  $28.75 - $43.74 
    New Haven $67,940.00 $32.66  $23.28  $25.75 - $38.54 
    New London/Norwich $76,164.00 $36.62  $25.41  $27.60 - $45.73 
    Waterbury $59,164.00 $28.44  $20.78  $23.45 - $32.73 
    Torrington $66,766.00 $32.10  $22.41  $25.32 - $34.90 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   133
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
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