purchasing position but no format
April 10, 2013 6:43 PM Subscribe
I will start at the beginning. The company that I work for has 15 minor surgical sites and add to that many clinics. So this company has never had a purchasing manager before, each site purchased supplies directly and nobody was watching the supplier for errors, low and behold, years later they realize they have been getting ripped off....
I happen to be one of the companies longest employees and have maintained a good system of ordering supplies for the site I worked at before taking this purchasing manager position and still order for. A few months ago the big wigs asked me if I'd take on the "purchasing manager" position and at first I hesitated but with an added raise I took the job.
My problem is that there is no plan for this position...I have to make it up as I go along. So far I have gotten company X to load all of our sites under one tier for purchasing and am monitoring orders so that people are getting the most cost efficient product.
My problem is that I don't know how to keep track of everything...I have spreadsheets on excel but I am sure there has to be a program or something easier.
Any thoughts, suggestions, or ideas would be greatly appreciated. I do have a degree in information science but it has been a few years since I graduated and haven't used any skills since, I hemmed and hawed about getting my master's. I think one reason they picked me for this position is that I have know the in's and out's of this particular business well so I can switch out products that work and are cost efficient.
I am contemplating going back for a purchasing/logistics degree as NYC is the place I'd like to be but that's a different story.