Purchasing Agent initiates purchase orders based on business requirements and inventory levels. Administers purchasing and contract database. Being a Purchasing Agent monitors vendor pricing and availability. Expedites delayed orders. Additionally, Purchasing Agent resolves issues related to inventory returns, replacements, and credit arrangements. Requires a high school diploma. Typically reports to a supervisor or team leader. The Purchasing Agent works independently within established procedures associated with the specific job function. Has gained proficiency in multiple competencies relevant to the job. To be a Purchasing Agent typically requires 3-5 years of related experience, or may need 2 years experience with additional specialized training and/or certification.