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To perform this job successfully, purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents study sales records and inventory levels of current stock, identify foreign and domestic suppliers, and keep abreast of changes affecting both the supply of and demand for products and materials for which they are responsible. They evaluate suppliers based upon price, quality, service support, availability, reliability, and selection. They must review catalogs, industry periodicals, directories, trade journals, and Internet sites, research the reputation and history of suppliers, and advertise anticipated purchase actions in order to solicit bids.

Available positions will go first to those with a graduate degree, industry expertise, and/ or a talent for salesmanship and public relations. Private industry looks for those with a master’s degree in business administration or a related discipline as well as at least five years experience in the consultation field they plan to pursue. Government positions are usually filled by those with a bachelor’s degree and no pertinent work experience (entry-level positions only). Those fields of study that provide a suitable educational background for this work are academic programs in business and management, as well as computer and information sciences and engineering.

Some projects require a team of consultants, each specializing in one area. Some require consultants to work independently with a firm’s managers. No matter what the case, however, analysts still always perform the same basic functions: collect, review, and analyze information so they can make recommendations to management. Consultants may be called in for a variety of reasons. Oftentimes firms are simply too small to cover every necessity, needing a consultant’s particular expertise for a project—to determine what resources will be required, what problems may be encountered if they pursue a particular opportunity, etc.

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