Companies or vendors usually hire a purchasing assistant to ensure that a fully stocked inventory is maintained. You would do this by regularly monitoring stock levels, identifying new vendors, tracking orders, and ensuring timely delivery. All this should be done with the goal of cost-effectiveness in mind. This would require you researching the most affordable vendors and delivery options. You are also required to update internal records of dates, vendors, quantities, and discounts. Purchasing assistants are expected to be up to date with market prices and trends. You must ensure that your orders are delivered in perfect condition as well.
Most employers prefer candidates with a minimum qualification of a BSc in logistics, business administration, or related fields. Previous work experience in similar roles is also appreciated. Some of the highly-rated skills are understanding supply chain procedures, knowledge of MS Excel, and organizational and time management skills. Purchasing assistants are paid about $38,268 annually.