JO – 3598 Purchasing Agent


PURCHASING AGENT         Reports to:  Senior Purchasing Agent                                                                     Vice-President

 Full-Time: Monday – Friday Day Shift: normal business hours are 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hours may include hours outside of normal business hours.

 PURPOSE:  Purchasing, Shipping, Inventory Control


  • Negotiates and purchases quality materials, products and services in a timely manner at the lowest prices to support the needs of the organization.
  • Purchase materials to meet job specifications, AISC standards and as specified on drawings and bills of material.
  • Issue purchase orders for all directly purchased items and outside services.
  • Match vendor’s packing list against our Purchase Order for accuracy. Advise Controller of discrepancies.
  • Maintains a qualified supplier base.
  • Provides accurate pricing information on a timely basis to support the quoting process and the need of operations.
  • Compare purchasing costs to estimates and report findings to DAKA’s V.P. every 2 weeks.
  • Coordinate Metals Division product delivery to jobsites with proper customer personnel for timely delivery.
  • Coordinate with Marine Dealers for timely delivery of their orders.
  • Decide appropriate method of product delivery e.g. DAKA truck, common carrier etc.
  • Schedule Truck Drivers and plan truck loading for most efficient delivery to various locations.
  • Keeps current with new materials.
  • Track all mill certs and file as appropriate.
  • Complies with established policies and procedures.
  • Communicates and provides timely information to keep appropriate personnel informed.
  • Effectively resolves supplier issues.
  • Responsible for organizing and maintaining functional purchasing information.
  • Actively participates in meetings and on project teams to facilitate the project and the exchange of information.
  • Negotiates and implements supplier contracts of a more complex nature.
  • Builds a maintains relationships with suppliers.
  • Orders raw material to support the fabrication shop.

·        Maintains up to date inventory using ERP system

·        Expedites purchase orders as needed.

·        Keep MSDS/SDS binder up to date and accessible for all personnel. Replace all MSDS sheets with SDS sheets as they become available.

·        Obtain air quality, storm water discharge, shipping and other permits as required.

  • Operates with minimal supervision.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities apparent or assigned.


  • Consistently models the following attributes; is trustworthy, intently listens, willingly helps
  •   High school diploma or higher education; current driver’s license

·        Knowledgeable in reading and interpreting blue prints to create purchase order.

·        Proficient knowledge of computers and programs e.g. ERP systems, Microsoft Excel

·        Experience in a manufacturing environment purchasing steel and aluminum raw materials.

  • Proven strong organizational, analytical, negotiation and contracting skills in fluent English.
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, and interaction skills to perform in a collaborative/team-oriented work structure. Good English language skills.


  • Experience qualifying and selecting vendors, evaluating bids and contracts, negotiating terms and conditions, and overseeing quality requirements.
  • In-depth knowledge of commodities, suppliers and procedures in the manufacturing sector.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated project leadership skills.


While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs.


  • 401(k)
  • Profit Sharing
  • Health insurance, Vision and Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program


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