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Assists in placing and expediting orders and obtains quotes/bids under occasional guidance. Resolves problems relating to the procurement of equipment, supplies and services. Creates purchase orders.
+ Assists customers to clarify requirements and proposes sourcing options. Evaluates and recommends the best sourcing solution.
+ Performs cost comparisons related to proposals. Compares prices, verifies specifications, delivery dates and other information to facilitate purchasing decisions.
+ Processes purchase orders and issues purchase orders, expedites deliveries, and resolves receiving and invoicing problems.
+ Prepares and processes purchase orders.
+ Assists with resolving problems related to invoicing and receiving.
+ The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.
_CONTRACT MAINTENANCE (INTERMEDIATE):_ - The process of ensuring that the intent, requirements, and terms and conditions of a contract are met and continue to be met through the end of the agreement.
_PURCHASING (NOVICE):_ - Understands the concepts behind supplier relations and supply chain management. Handles supplier-related activities, requests for pricing, and purchases of goods and services while ensuring appropriate costs, schedules, quality, deliveries, terms, and conditions.
_DATA PROCESSING (INTERMEDIATE):_ - Retrieving, transforming and classifying data to produce meaningful information.
_COMMUNICATION (INTERMEDIATE):_ - Clearly, effectively and respectfully communicates to employees or customers.
+ Organizational Impact: Executes job responsibilities with the understanding of how output would affect and impact other areas related to own job area/team with occasional guidance.
+ Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Analyzes moderately complex problems using technical experience and judgment.
+ Breadth of Knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gained through experience within a professional area.
+ Team Interaction: Provides informal guidance and support to team members.
SUPPORTING COLLEAGUES (P2):
+ - Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy and enthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance and gain knowledge in new areas.
+ - Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.
+ - Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one's own communication style to suit different situations and audiences.
DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES (P2):
+ - Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them.
+ - Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems from different angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develop concrete solutions.
+ - Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness.
ENSURING HIGH QUALITY (P2):
+ - Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.
+ - Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems and identifies ways to resolve them.
+ - Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring.
MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY (P2):
+ - Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.
+ - Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.
+ - Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities.
FOSTERING INNOVATION (P2):
+ - Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventional approaches.
+ - Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges.
+ - Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead of emphasizing negative elements.
Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 2 years relevant experience
**Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):**
**Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:**
+ Sedentary category requiring exertion up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally and uses negligible amounts of force to move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.
+ Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
+ Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.
+ Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
+ Occasional: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.
+ Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
+ Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
+ Occasional: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
+ Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
+ Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.
+ Occasional: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.
+ Frequent: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
+ Frequent: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.
+ Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.
+ Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information
+ Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
**Organization:** _ACUP - Administration Staff 104083_
**Title:** _Purchasing Agent-Division of Animal Care_
**Location:** _TN-Nashville-Medical Center North (MCN)_
**Requisition ID:** _2010249_
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