Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

Job Description:

Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing.

Associated Tasks:

  • Prepare purchase orders, solicit bid proposals, and review requisitions for goods and services.
  • Purchase the highest quality merchandise at the lowest possible price and in correct amounts.
  • Monitor and follow applicable laws and regulations.
  • Research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, and the supplier’s reputation and history.
  • Negotiate, renegotiate, and administer contracts with suppliers, vendors, and other representatives.
  • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine reasonable prices.
  • Maintain and review computerized or manual records of items purchased, costs, deliveries, product performance, and inventories.
  • Write and review product specifications, maintaining a working technical knowledge of the goods or services to be purchased.
  • Formulate policies and procedures for bid proposals and procurement of goods and services.
  • Evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes.
Salary & Education

Entry Level Earnings: $18.00 and up
Median Hourly Earnings: $29.84
Experienced Earnings: $38.32
Typical Entry Level Education: Bachelor's degree

Job Projections
2017 Jobs 13,260
2022 Jobs 13,589
Average Annual Openings: 1,233 per year
Average Monthly Hires (2017): 454
Job Categories

Logistics and Planning

WorkKeys Occupational Profile

Median Scores
Applied Mathematics: 3
Reading for Information: 4
Locating Information: 4
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Hard Skills

Supply Chain Management   
Material Requirements Planning       
Strategic Sourcing

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