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Purchasing Agent/Buyer in Jackson, MS at Irby

Date Posted: 8/8/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Irby is one of the ten largest electrical distribution companies in the United States, with nearly $1 Billion in annual sales and over 900 employees across more than 60 branches in 25 states.  Irby has experienced incredible growth over the past 5 years.  This presents many outstanding career & development opportunities throughout the country in various locations, including cites such as:  Jackson, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Orlando, Syracuse, Nashville, Denver, Minneapolis and Oklahoma City.  Irby was a pioneer in the early days of the electrical business, founded in 1926, and continues to be an industry leader in philanthropic involvement and community activity.

Irby is also part of the Sonepar family of operating companies, consisting of the finest locally managed electrical and industrial distributors throughout the United States.  Sonepar USA is a market leader in the B-to-B distribution of electrical, industrial & safety products and related solutions.  Sonepar USA is made up of over 16 of the finest locally managed electrical and industrial distributors, with coverage in all 50 states.  Entering the US in 1998, Sonepar USA has continued to grow over the years due to strategic acquisitions and organic growth.  Sonepar USA is a member of the Sonepar Group, an independent family-owned company with global market leadership in B-to-B distribution of electrical products and related solutions.  For more information, visit

This position performs complex and technical clerical duties involving the ordering, processing and distribution of electrical materials.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • To ensure the procurement of high quality merchandise, expedient delivery and dependable service at optimum price.
  • Review and interpret vendor contracts to ensure accuracy and completeness.
  • Selects and orders merchandise from showings by manufacturing representatives, or other sellers.
  • Verifies quantity and quality of stock received from manufacturer.
  • Coordinates with salesperson toward the resolution of any purchasing problems.
  • Coordinate market analysis to determine vendor sources and product development; arrange and participate in conferences between vendors and purchaser.
  • Coordinate the compilation of data and the preparation of reports and analyses reflecting progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions; recommend changes in methods and procedures to improve procurement systems.
  • Involved in Electronic Commerce (i.e., EDI, VMI, etc.)
  • Implement and increase EDI transactions with key vendors
Required Skills

  • Assure complete and accurate information reported on purchase requisitions; review orders for compliance related to number of items ordered, correct catalog numbers, price, state sales tax and shipping and handling charges; make corrections as necessary; input orders into database and submit orders.
  • Perform technical work related to the reconciliation of accounts; review transactions and compare with purchase orders to assure proper payment; contact appropriate vendors and personnel regarding discrepancies or changes; call vendors regarding status of orders as necessary.
  • Principles and methods of ordering, processing, maintenance and record-keeping of inventory.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Use and processing of requisitions, purchase orders, invoices and related documents.
  • Excellent organizational skills. Maintain accurate records and documentation. Maintain and organize a variety of records accurately
  • Learn and apply established rules, regulations, policies and procedures related to the purchasing function.
  • Operate word processing equipment and computer terminals.
Required Experience

  • Three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in commercial purchasing to acquire knowledge of products, vendors, markets and procurement procedures.