Nov 02, 2021

Purchasing Agent - Federal Way

  • Dobbs Truck Group
  • 33301 9th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA, USA
Full-Time Purchasing - Procurement Transportation

Job Description

The Dobbs Truck Group is a growth company that successfully expands our operations and customer base through a high-quality team of employees.

Dobbs Truck Group operates 23 commercial truck dealerships through two operating companies – Dobbs Peterbilt and Western Truck Center. These dealerships represent some of the best commercial truck brands including Peterbilt, Volvo, Mack, Autocar, and Hino and include locations in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.

We offer a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance, and 401(k), as well as paid vacation and sick leave. Our Company is looking for long-term employees that we can invest in and grow with as we pursue our mission of being the premier commercial truck dealer group.

I. General Job Description

This position will be responsible for the stock transfer process, purchase, and replenishment of products for major OE’s Paccar PDC, Paccar DSP, Volvo, Autocar, Caterpillar, Cummins, upwards of 33 WD vendors. Duties will include analyzing reports sourced from the DBS system and OE’s analyst, creating and placing orders directly with vendors, and working closely with analysts to attain department goals.

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


· Manage parts ordering for all approved vendors, as well as track and process returns.

· Work daily with OE’s MDI analyst to maintain optimal benefits.

· Work with Supply Chain Manager to maintain best net purchasing.

· Submit purchase orders for weekly stock orders to the vendors.

· Contact vendors to follow-up on all back orders and update pricing when received from the vendor.

· Evaluate impact of price changes at all locations and recommend accepting/rejecting the price change.

· Conduct demand analysis, maintain and implement vendor management strategies, and become familiar with and monitor vendor program requirements.

· Identify trends and create reports.

· Cross-train to provide bench strength to supply chain team.

II. Minimum Job Qualifications

· 18 years of age.

· High school diploma or GED.

· 2 years purchasing experience.

III. Desired Job Qualifications

· Heavy-duty truck experience.

· Ability to develop good working relationships with vendors and company employees.

· Understanding of a Parts Department operations (i.e. ordering, purchasing, receiving, and selling).

· Ability to analyze computer-generated data regarding purchase requests.

· Ability to work independently without direct on-site supervision.

· Basic to intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook.

· Strong organization, communication, and phone skills.

IV. Mental Capability Requirements

· Comprehension: Ability to understand complex problems, collaborate, and explore alternative solutions.

· Organization: Ability to organize and prioritize work schedules of others on short-term basis.

· Reasoning & Decision Making: Ability to make decisions with significant impact on the immediate work unit and monitor impact outside immediate work unit.

· Communication: Ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word, communicating orally with others accurately, loudly, and quickly.

· Mathematics: Ability to compute, analyze, and interpret complex statistical data and develop forecasts and computer models.

V. Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands and arms to handle or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or hear, and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

VI. Common Expectations of Performance for all Employees

The following includes common expectations for all employees of the Company. The evaluation of job performance will be based on these common expectations as well as the position-specific responsibilities described above.

Communications, Teamwork, and Feedback to Others

· Contribute to a work environment that is based on trust and respect.

· Have discussions on a regular basis with their manager to discuss opportunities to best achieve individual performance objectives and departmental goals.

· Suggest ways to improve the efficiency of conducting their job duties.

· Promote continuous improvement and change to support company growth.

· Mentor others unselfishly.

· Give credit where it’s due.

Company Loyal Policies and Work Ethic

· Adhere to the policies contained in the Employee Handbook.

· Adhere to the Company’s Employee Conduct Policy.

· Support management decisions toward meeting company goals.

· Be open and receptive to new ideas, regardless of their origin.

· Make prudent decisions, which are based on the best interest of the Company and its long-term future.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer
Dobbs Truck Group operates 23 commercial truck dealerships through two operating companies – Dobbs Peterbilt and Western Truck Center.

Dobbs Peterbilt and Western Truck Center are equal opportunity employers that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience, and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. Dobbs Peterbilt and Western Truck Parts do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, ancestry, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status; or on the basis of age against persons whose age is 40 and over, or on the basis of physical or mental disability; or to disabled veterans or to Vietnam veterans.

We are proud to be an affirmative action employer and encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to join our team.



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