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Job Description for a Purchasing Assistant

Updated February 21, 2017

A purchasing assistant works under the direction of a purchasing manager, and assists in an organisation's purchasing functions.

Education

Education requirements include a bachelor's degree or several years' experience in a purchasing role.

Training

Many organisations require supply chain or operations management training, which can be obtained through the Institute for Supply Management, American Purchasing Society or the Association for Operations Management.

Responsibilities

Under the direction of a buyer or purchasing manager, responsibilities include cost variance and price reporting, special purchasing projects and analysis, processing and expediting orders as needed, and replenishing standard stock items.

Promotional Prospects

Professionals in these occupations who hold a bachelor's degree and pursue training and certification such as Certified Purchasing Professional have the potential to move into buyer and purchasing manager roles.

Average Salary

In January 2010, Indeed.com lists an average salary of £30,550 per year for purchasing assistants.

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