How to Hire a Purchasing Assistant

Does your growing business need an purchasing assistant? Purchasing assistants can help your company’s bottom line by negotiating contracts and working to provide the best quality at the most reasonable price.

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: $15.82 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.25$27.95 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Purchasing Assistant?

Hiring a purchasing assistant can be beneficial at any stage of your company’s growth, since they have value no matter how large or small your company is. Purchasing assistants can help your company’s bottom line by sourcing the most affordable products available and working with vendors to negotiate.

• Negotiate lower prices on supplies
• Maintain vendor relationships
• Compile reports that continually assess purchasing operations

Skills to look for in a great Purchasing Assistant

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

• Familiarity with purchasing orders
• Proficient in Microsoft Excel
• Analytical skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Attention to detail
• Negotiation acumen

Writing a Purchasing Assistant job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified Purchasing Assistant candidates. A Purchasing Assistant 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 Assistant jobs, such as:

• Purchasing manager
• Office purchasing
• Purchasing associate

Interviewing Purchasing Assistant candidates

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

• How they’ve improved a company’s bottom line
• Purchasing strategies
• Ability to serve flexible roles within the company

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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