Purchasing Clerk

Alternate Titles: Procurement Specialist, Buyer, Purchasing Assistant, Procurement Assistant, Purchasing Specialist, Departmental Buyer, Procurement Office, Purchasing Associate, Warehouse Clerk


Purchasing Clerks compile requests for materials, prepare purchase orders, keep track of purchases and supplies, and handle inquiries about orders. They gather information and records to draw up purchase orders for procurement of materials and services. They make sure that what was purchased arrives on schedule and meets the purchaser's specifications.

Purchasing Clerks respond to customer and supplier inquiries about order status, changes, or cancellations. They also monitor inventory, perform buying duties when necessary, and contact suppliers to schedule or expedite deliveries. They compare prices, specifications and delivery dates to assist in determine the best bid, track the status of requisitions, contracts and orders, and calculate relevant costs.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, O-Net Online