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Purchasing Tasks And Activities

Knowledge of and ability to use practices and procedures for procurement of materials, components, equipment and services.

Behavior Statements

Proficiency Level 1 - Basic understanding

Explains the basic concepts and responsibilities of purchasing tasks and activities.

Describes established procurement processes.

Identifies the basic tools used for maintaining procurement information.

Identifies major types of products or services purchased by the organization.

Proficiency Level 2 - Working experience

Works in a function that procures services or products.

Adheres to various requirements and steps of the procurement process.

Uses available procurement systems and tools.

Ensures compliance with procurement regulations and contract specifications.

Implements purchasing tasks and activities, such as bidding.

Proficiency Level 3 - Extensive experience

Develops organizational procurement processes that maximize products or services efficiency and effectiveness.

Teaches others how to use advanced technologies and tools for purchasing activities.

Supervises the establishment of purchasing policies and practices.

Advises on the appropriate solutions to complex purchasing activity problems.

Monitors the effectiveness of procurement policies in high cost purchases.

Evaluates issues and considerations for purchasing various goods and services.

Proficiency Level 4 - Subject matter depth and breadth

Designs systematic protocols and procedures for purchasing goods in the organization.

Advocates the development of new technologies and tools for purchasing activities.

Establishes organizational benchmarks for cost of raw goods, services, and capital assets.

Develops organizational best practices for the management of purchasing goods.

Leads in resolving key violations with procurement regulations and specifications.

Predicts the future trends of purchasing activities.

Interview Questions

  • What are some common challenges you face in your purchasing activities?
  • Tell me about your purchasing experience.
  • How do you ensure that your purchasing activities meet supply chain needs while staying within budget?
  • Tell me about ways that your purchasing activities have benefited your organization.
  • What industry trends do you recognize in the technologies and tools used in purchasing activities?

Titles with Shared Competencies