Emily Di Franco 31


Purchasing Agent


When I started with this company 10 years ago it was just me and the owner and three guys on his crew. I was the office manager and I only worked part time at first and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after high school. I guess I was planning to go back to school someday but right from the beginning my job was really interesting.  The company was doing custom cabinetry work in people’s houses and then it got some contracts for new homebuilders and eventually they got into commercial installations. Things got so busy my boss started teaching me about some of the materials so I could find the best prices and order it.  Then I had to learn about schedules to make sure the wood was there when they needed it.  I also started to learn how to read the specifications and contracts and about codes. My boss suggested I get my Certified Professional Purchaser designation so I took the courses for several years until I got it. It was all very challenging but I enjoyed learning about the construction business and gradually I became responsible for all of the purchasing in the company.  Now we’re big enough that it’s my only job. No more reception or bookkeeping or time sheets. Yeah!  I now have a real career and skills I can take anywhere in the construction industry if I want to.   I also get to travel a bit now to check out trade shows and sometimes to make deals with specific suppliers.
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Emily Di Franco

Purchasing Agent

When I started with this company 10 years ago it was just me and the owner and three guys on his crew. I was the office manager and I only worked part time at first and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after high school. I guess…
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Essentials Skills


  • Document Use
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
  • Oral Communication
  • Computer Use
Financial Expectation

Purchasing Agent

Education Roadmap

Purchasing Agent

Career ETA: 3 years

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