Buyer (Female, Age 38) in Plantation, FL

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleBuyer
Salary$49,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week45
Company Size(not answered)
LocationPlantation, FL
Years Experience5 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating0 / 10

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
City serving 86,000 residents

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Responsible for inspecting the output of two (2) buyers. Reviewing solicitation documents. Annually processing over 1,300 Purchase Orders valued at $21M. Develop Standard Operating Procedures and Policies for procurement division. Monitoring 73 multi-year contracts annually. Contract preparation process including assistance with the development of technical specifications and selection of suppliers/contractors. Knowledge of advanced contract terms and conditions and uniform commercial code (UCC).

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
2 weeks vacation, free health insurance, pension plan, 401K with 0% matching

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
under, but this is FL

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
process purchase orders, love it

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
Office, would prefer to work at home

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 1
Benefits: 6
Hours: 2
Co-Workers: 3
Supervisors: 4
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 5

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8ampersonal time
8am to 9ampersonal time
9am to 10amanswering calls and reviewing e-mails
10am to 11amanswering calls and reviewing e-mails
11am to 12pmreviewing e-mails
12pm to 1pmreturning phone calls
1pm to 2pmpersonal time
2pm to 3pmissuing purchase orders
3pm to 4pmresearching vendors
4pm to 5pmmaking appointments for new meetings
5pm to 6pmpersonal time
6pm to 7pmpersonal time
7pm to 8pmpersonal time
8pm to 9pmpersonal time
9pm to 10pmpersonal time
10pm to 11pmpersonal time
11pm to 12ampersonal time

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
national advertisement

What was the application process?
submitted resume, electronic application

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes, 2 interviews, one with direct supervisor and one with indirect

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
general body of knowledge

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
no, absolutely no training from current employer

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
yes, testing for certification

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
yes, I can do anything with my MBA

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
n/a

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
get a job with the government at any level and work up

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
_?? Highly motivated, supportive team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

_?? Self starter, problem solver able to manage workload independently, learns rapidly.

_?? Areas of managerial competence include: managerial accounting/budgeting and financial analysis.

_?? Proficient in Windows, MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Outlook, Remedy, Oracle, Buyspeed, SunGard HTE, SQL, MS Publisher, Solomon Accounting and QuickBooks.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
no, anyone can be trained

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
get certified

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
no, I had to take this job to relocate for a man

What are your current career goals?
Outlasting them all and becoming the manager

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
no

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Buyer549000Responsible for inspecting the output of two (2) buyers. Reviewing solicitation documents. Annually processing over 1,300 Purchase Orders valued at $21M. Develop Standard Operating Procedures and Policies for procurement division. Monitoring 73 multi-year contracts annually. Contract preparation process including assistance with the development of technical specifications and selection of suppliers/contractors. Knowledge of advanced contract terms and conditions and uniform commercial code (UCC).
Prior Job 2Buyer345000Annual spend over $13M. Prepared 85 bid/request for proposals in a 36 month cycle. Worked with legal department in development and modification of standard contract bid/proposal terms and conditions. Teamed with project team and legal department to resolve contractual issues including interpreting contract language and negotiation of contract changes. Weekly reports on Construction projects in process. Reviewed price analysis and developed procurement and negotiation strategy based on multiple complex variables. Expert use of analysis forecasting, problem solving and quality improvement to develop strategies for dynamic market conditions.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.5

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.5Univ of Central FLBSBA
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
3.5Univ of Central FLMBA

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