Equipment Purchasing Agent

Buyer, Contract Administrator, Procurement Analyst, Purchasing Administrator, Purchasing Agent   More Names
Purchasing Manager, Purchasing Specialist, Sourcing Specialist

Equipment purchasing agents prepare the documents needed to purchase equipment in a public transportation organization. They interact with vendors and the purchasing department, and they track the delivery of orders. Once a request is made for a purchase by a department, these workers review the request, determine if any modifications need to be made based on established policies, and seek out appropriate vendors, while attempting to reduce overall cost to the organization for necessary purchases. Depending upon the size of the organization, these workers may be responsible for drafting or sending out requests for proposals and tracking corresponding submissions.

Assistant equipment planners organize and implement equipment purchases for public transportation agencies. They work under the direction of senior workers, supervisors, and managers to identify equipment and supply needs and coordinate purchases of those items. They are responsible for ensuring that job groups and functional areas have all of the tools necessary to complete their work efficiently and effectively. They also may be required to assist in tracking inventory.

Equipment purchasing agents usually work indoors, in environmentally controlled environments, with relatively structured work tasks. Most of their time is spent sitting. The job requires substantial communication with colleagues within work groups or teams, and individuals should be skilled at using the telephone and electronic mail, and skilled at writing letters and memos and conducting face-to-face discussions.

Equipment purchasing agents work under time pressure, and decision making is a significant part of their job. Their decisions have an impact on their co-workers and company results, and because of this, it is important that equipment purchasing agents be exact and accurate. Equipment purchasing agents and planners should have an understanding of policies and procedures related to public transportation purchasing, and be detail oriented. Good written and oral communication skills are required, as are bookkeeping, accounting software, planning, and networking skills.

Employers require a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certificate, and prefer a bachelor's degree in a related field. Most equipment purchasing agents have a bachelor's degree, though some have "some college" without completing their degrees. Equipment purchasing agents usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, or vocational training. Click on the "get qualified" tab above to see available educational programs in your area.

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Percent Job Growth:  
-1% - Little or no change
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $48,650 - $82,340    Hourly: $23 - $40

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

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Annual: $48,650 - $82,340

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