How to Hire a Purchasing Agent

Does your growing business need an purchasing agent? Purchasing Agents can help your company attain better margins and negotiate with suppliers.

Here are some tips to help you find great purchasing agent candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $17.36 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.00$60.50 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – Feb 2019

Why hire a Purchasing Agent?

The need for new staff can affect how your business operates. A great purchasing agent hire can help your business:

• Manage key relationships with suppliers
• Fill out purchasing orders for materials and goods
• Ensure that ordered products are being shipped on time and safely

Skills to look for in a great Purchasing Agent

A great purchasing agent candidate will have the following skills and attributes as well as work experience that reflects:

• Ability to analyze complex business transactions
• Experience with purchasing software
• Deep knowledge of purchasing tactics
• Incredible negotiation skills
• Ability to make a connection with anyone they meet
• Innate ability to juggle multiple projects at once

Writing a Purchasing Agent job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified Purchasing Assistant candidates. A Purchasing Agent job description includes a compelling summary of the role, detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Purchasing Agent jobs, such as:

• Purchasing manager
• Buyer
• Purchasing Assistant

Interviewing Purchasing Agent candidates

Strong candidates for purchasing agent positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• Purchasing strategies
• Negotiation tactics
• A time when they faced push-back from their supplier

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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