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Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products - 13-1023.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Buyer
  • Procurement Official
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Purchasing Administrator
  • Purchasing Agent

SOC Occupation Groups

13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations
13-1000 Business Operations Specialists
13-1020 Buyers and Purchasing Agents
13-1023.00 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

Related Occupations


  • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine reasonable prices.
  • Arrange the payment of duty and freight charges.
  • Attend meetings, trade shows, conferences, conventions, and seminars to network with people in other purchasing departments.
  • Confer with staff, users, and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action.
  • Evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes.
  • Formulate policies and procedures for bid proposals and procurement of goods and services.
  • Hire, train, or supervise purchasing clerks, buyers, and expediters.
  • Interview vendors and visit suppliers' plants and distribution centers to examine and learn about products, services, and prices.
  • Maintain and review computerized or manual records of purchased items, costs, deliveries, product performance, and inventories.
  • Monitor and follow applicable laws and regulations.
  • Monitor changes affecting supply and demand, tracking market conditions, price trends, or futures markets.
  • Monitor shipments to ensure that goods come in on time, and resolve problems related to undelivered goods.
  • Negotiate, renegotiate, and administer contracts with suppliers, vendors, and other representatives.
  • 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.
  • Review catalogs, industry periodicals, directories, trade journals, and Internet sites and consult with other department personnel to locate necessary goods and services.
  • Study sales records and inventory levels of current stock to develop strategic purchasing programs that facilitate employee access to supplies.
  • Write and review product specifications, maintaining a working technical knowledge of the goods or services to be purchased.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze business or financial data.
  • Analyze market conditions or trends.
  • Conduct eligibility or selection interviews.
  • Confer with personnel to coordinate business operations.
  • Develop business relationships.
  • Develop technical specifications for systems or equipment.
  • Establish organizational guidelines or policies.
  • Estimate demand for products or services.
  • Evaluate applicable laws and regulations to determine impact on organizational activities.
  • Execute sales or other financial transactions.
  • Maintain data in information systems or databases.
  • Monitor inventories of products or materials.
  • Monitor organizational processes.
  • Negotiate contracts with clients or service providers.
  • Obtain information about goods or services.
  • Pay charges, fees, or taxes.
  • Purchase products or services.
  • Supervise employees.
  • Train personnel to enhance job skills.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Acquisition Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Advanced Contingency Contract Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Automated Logistical Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Contracting (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Contracting Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Contracting Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Contracting Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Contracting Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Contracting Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Contracting Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) (Army - Enlisted)
  • Contracting Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Distribution Management Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Intermediate Contingency Contract Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Logistics Plans (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Logistics Plans Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Logistics Plans Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Logistics Plans Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Logistics Plans Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Logistics Plans Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Logistics Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Logistics Specialist (Submarine) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Marine Corps Community Services Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Operational Contract Support Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Postal Clerk (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Property Accounting Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Storekeeper (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Supply Systems Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Purchasing Agent
  • Subcontract Administrator
  • Subcontract Administrator Associate

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Contract Specialist
  • Manager, Contracts
  • Outside Property Agent
  • Procurement Engineer
  • Purchasing Agent