Purchasing Agents

Purchasing Agent Nature of Work

Purchasing agents purchase general and specialized equipment, materials and services for use or for further processing by their employers, such as industrial, commercial or government establishments.

Purchasing Agent Work Conditions

Purchasing agents have a high level of contact with suppliers and other work areas within their employing organization.

Purchasing Agent Personal Requirements

  • aptitude for working with computer systems
  • enjoy clerical and administrative activities
  • good organizational and communication skills
  • good planning skills

Purchasing Agent Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma in business administration, commerce or economics
  • previous experience as a purchasing or an administrative clerk may be required

Purchasing Agent Duties and Tasks

Purchasing agents may perform the following tasks:

  • attend sales demonstrations
  • check supplier operations at their place or on-site
  • contact suppliers to obtain information on price, quality and delivery capabilities for the goods/services they require
  • decide which products to buy, place orders and follow these up to make sure that they are delivered to the right place at the right time
  • find reliable sources to supply goods and services
  • look at and recommend potential new sources or alternative materials, prices and products
  • look at product catalogues and trade journals
  • meet with sales representatives from the various suppliers to compare their products and companies
  • negotiate contractual conditions and prices with suppliers
  • use computers to plan material requirements and to record details of goods ordered and received, costs of products and supplier information

Purchasing Agent Example Titles

  • Procurement Officer
  • Purchaser
  • Purchasing Officer

Purchasing Agent Related Occupations

  • Purchasing Clerks
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Retail Buyers
  • Sales Representatives
  • Wholesale Buyers

Purchasing Related Industries

Purchasing Related Resumes


You may search for purchasing careers or purchasing agent occupation right now, but when you find one you must apply immediately for it with your current CV or resume. We recommend that you have your cover letter ready too. So, do not forget about our resume writing, CV writing and cover letter writing advices.

art_tip purchasing agent occupationBefore you start searching for purchasing agent occupation you need to prepare your resume or CV and cover letter.

for CVs:

for resumes:

Because CVs and resumes refer mainly to the past time with exception of your present job and employers are interested mostly in the future of they companies, often cover letters are more important or convincing to them then the accompanying resume or CV. So, prepare a cover letter.

If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use one of these:

When your purchasing agent job application consisting of your job cover letter and resume or CV is completed you are ready to submit them to employers and job recruiters in places where you want to work.

When a potential employer invite you for an interview, you need to prepare yourself to win at the interview and get the job you want.

Other Purchasing Agent Occupation Info

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Good luck with purchasing agent occupation!

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