What does a Purchasing Agent do?

Purchasing agents buy farm products and durable and non-durable goods and services for their respective organizations or institutions. They work to procure the best deal for the organization, meaning the highest quality goods and services available at the lowest possible cost. To bolster their strategy, they study sales records and inventory levels of current stock, identify foreign and domestic suppliers, and remain up-to-date with the latest changes that affect supply and demand for products and materials.

Purchasing agents consider factors including the price, quality, availability, liability, and technical support when they are choosing suppliers and merchandise. They attend meetings, trade shows, and conferences to learn about new industry trends and to establish contact and foster relationships with suppliers. They evaluate suppliers on the basis of the price, quality, and speed and delivery of the product or service and interview vendors, visiting suppliers, plants, and distribution centers to examine and learn more about their products, services, and prices. Purchasing agents need a bachelor's degree in business, mathematics, economics, engineering, or related fields.

Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Purchasing Agent Salaries

Average Base Pay

£21,980 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £22K
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Purchasing Agent Career Path

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Purchasing Agent Insights

Read what Purchasing Agent professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
EchoPark AutomotiveEchoPark Automotive
4 Feb 2020

“Self Accountability is important here and taking ownership of your actions is encouraged and expected.”

Explore LearningExplore Learning
Centre Director
11 Sep 2021

“As a manager it's a great first job out of university and you're given responsibility straight away.”

Magna InternationalMagna International
Purchasing Intern
18 Jan 2021

“Great way to learn how purchasing is in the real world as opposed to reading in a textbook.”

Trade-Mark IndustrialTrade-Mark Industrial
13 Sep 2019

“Decent pay on paper until you find out it's based on a 42.5 hour week.”

Go TrainGo Train
Centre Manager
3 Jun 2021

“you just have to take the good with the not so great YET and play your part to make any changes needed.”

16 Jul 2019

“I started as an intern and was promoted to new roles and given the opportunity to challenge myself and enhance my career.”

Explore LearningExplore Learning
Centre Director
17 May 2021

“Great for responsibility and good starting salary”

Purchasing Coordinator
11 Jun 2019

“It was decent hours and close to home”

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