Purchasing Agent

Purchasing Agents buy products and services for the company to use during production of clean energy products or resale to a vendor. They evaluate suppliers, negotiate contracts and prices, and review the quality of products and materials for use.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

A Purchasing Agent needs to buy raw materials for a new company initiative that will allow the company to start producing clean heating and cooling systems. After the Purchasing Agent receives the materials list and schematics from an engineer, they begin contacting current vendor partners and researching new suppliers to gain a full understanding of costs, delivery times, and products. The Purchasing Agent finds the best options for the company, performs negotiations, and drafts a contract with the vendor to ensure the materials will arrive in time for production.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • 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.
  • 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.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Buyer, Procurement Specialist, Purchasing Administrator

MEDIAN PAY SRC

$63,300

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

Bachelor’s Degree, On-the-job training

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

0-2 years

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Communication Skills, Math Skills, Negotiating Skills, Analytical Skills, Organizational Skills, Research Skills, Writing Skills, Interpersonal Skills

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Logistician, Financial Clerk