Job Description:A buyer is responsible for obtaining materials, scientific equipment, and services. He or she checks requisitions, obtains price quotations, examines bids, and awards contracts. A buyer develops new supply sources where vendors and suppliers are inadequate. He or she coordinates purchasing activities with other departments to maintain inventory at planned levels. As required, a buyer also monitors the cost, schedule, and scope of assigned subcontracts to ensure the quality and value of the contract. An entry-level buyer position requires a bachelor of science degree in a scientific discipline or equivalent and a minimum of 0 to 2 years’ experience in purchasing, preferably in a scientific area.
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