Purchasing Agents


Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing.
Also called: Buyer, Procurement Official, Procurement Specialist, Purchasing Agent

Knowledge:

    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Business
  • management
  • customer service
    Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
    Safety and Government
  • law and government

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
    Social
  • bringing people together to solve differences
  • talking people into changing their minds or their behavior

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
    Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
    Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative

Technology:

    Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • SAP
    Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Access
    Financial analysis software
  • IBM Costimater
  • Softstar Costar COCOMO II

Education:

    bachelor's degree
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