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Old July 23rd, 2013, 07:12 AM   #1
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Sport Truck USA Inc (Coldwater, MI) is the parent company of BDS Suspension, Zone Offroad Products, JKS Manufacturing and 4x4 Posi-Lok. There is a job opening in the purchasing department that needs to be filled ASAP. If you have at least 4 years of professional purchasing experience and would like to work for a growing, employee-owned company please consider applying. Full job description/requirements here-> http://sporttruckusainc.com/jobs.php
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My ex has a ton of shopping experience...


Sounds like an awesome opportunity for somebody. I'm jelly.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 11:13 AM   #3
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Starting interviews next week.
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Old September 4th, 2013, 04:06 PM   #4
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We are still looking to fill this position.
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Buyers have been tough to find at a reasonable rate lately. I have buyer positions that I am looking to fill that have been open since February!

Good luck in your quest to find a suitable purchasing professional!
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I had no idea BDS made JKS. Cool.
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How does one get into the field of professional purchasing for a business?

Is it solely experience based or is there a degree that's required?
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Well, speaking from the automotive recruiter side of things you would typically graduate from a 4 year program in Finance, Business, Marketing, etc. You may start as a purchasing analyst, jr. purchaser, or even somewhere like accounts payable/receiveable.

Purchasing isn't just buying shit, its negotiating discounts, payment terms, selecting from multiple suppliers to work out the best overall deal for your comapny and avoid putting all your eggs in one basket, etc.
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I have never met a procurator with a degree. But then again they have all been pretty old.
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I work with 20-30 different purchasing buyers at Tier 1s and they all have bachelor degrees and some have master degrees. The ones I know personally are making $95k-125k per year.
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Well, speaking from the automotive recruiter side of things you would typically graduate from a 4 year program in Finance, Business, Marketing, etc. You may start as a purchasing analyst, jr. purchaser, or even somewhere like accounts payable/receiveable.

Purchasing isn't just buying shit, its negotiating discounts, payment terms, selecting from multiple suppliers to work out the best overall deal for your comapny and avoid putting all your eggs in one basket, etc.
Thanks for the info. I was honestly curious about this. It sounds like a field worth getting into and would appear to be in high demand if you guys can't find anyone to fill these positions.
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It seems like engineering, purchasing, sales positions have a high demand in our area right now.
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SS if you have a 4 year degree and an internship within a purchasing group you could find your self gainfully employed at a number of tier ones and oems tomorrow. For decent money too.

Most of the openings I am seeing aren't paying quite what barry quoted. GM is paying around $27/hr for buyers in contract roles currently. They are actually trying to weed out the $85k/year buyers that they have as direct employees. Nissan is at $30-35 and would prefer to hire 1-5 year experienced buyers.

Most buyers I have spoke to are looking for $40-45/hr, that's been the challenge. The candidate wants or is making X and the clients are only willing to pay Y. Currently the candidates are not in surplus, so I expect wages to slowly move up, or companies to continue to hire entry level talent at a lower rate.
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SS if you have a 4 year degree and an internship within a purchasing group you could find your self gainfully employed at a number of tier ones and oems tomorrow. For decent money too.

Most of the openings I am seeing aren't paying quite what barry quoted. GM is paying around $27/hr for buyers in contract roles currently. They are actually trying to weed out the $85k/year buyers that they have as direct employees. Nissan is at $30-35 and would prefer to hire 1-5 year experienced buyers.

Most buyers I have spoke to are looking for $40-45/hr, that's been the challenge. The candidate wants or is making X and the clients are only willing to pay Y. Currently the candidates are not in surplus, so I expect wages to slowly move up, or companies to continue to hire entry level talent at a lower rate.
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We tend to put more emphasis on experience over education. So far we have interviewed a couple people that do have degrees in purchasing. Our last employee learned on the job under the direction of our former head purchaser before he left. Currently we still have 1 purchaser on staff and our COO and myself are covering the open position until we find the right person. You are essentially dealing with millions of dollars of the companies money so we need to find the right person.
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We tend to put more emphasis on experience over education. So far we have interviewed a couple people that do have degrees in purchasing. Our last employee learned on the job under the direction of our former head purchaser before he left. Currently we still have 1 purchaser on staff and our COO and myself are covering the open position until we find the right person. You are essentially dealing with millions of dollars of the companies money so we need to find the right person.
Sounds like a good job to have. I was planning on going into IT but I think I'll do some more research on this.
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