3323-Buyers and Purchasing Agents

Job Title: 

Buyers and Purchasing Agents

Job Description: 

Buyers and purchasing agents buy goods and services for use or resale on behalf of industrial, commercial, government or other establishments and organisations.


Tasks include:

  • determining or negotiating contract terms and conditions, awarding supplier contracts or recommending contract awards for the purchase of equipment, raw materials products, services and the purchasing of merchandise for resale
  • obtaining information about requirements and stock and developing specifications for quantity and quality to be purchased, costs, delivery dates and other contract conditions
  • purchasing general and specialised equipment, materials or business services for use or for further processing by their establishment
  • inviting tenders, consulting with suppliers and reviewing quotations
  • purchasing merchandise for resale by retail or wholesale establishments
  • studying market reports, trade periodicals and sales promotion materials and visiting trade shows, showrooms, factories and product design events
  • selecting the merchandise or products that best fit the establishment's requirements
  • interviewing suppliers and negotiating prices, discounts, credit terms and transportation arrangements
  • overseeing distribution of merchandise to outlets and maintaining adequate stock levels
  • establishing delivery schedules, monitoring progress and contacting clients and suppliers to resolve problems
Additional Notes: 

This unit group includes

Merchandise purchaser
Procurement agent
Technical purchaser

This unit group excludes

Commodities broker (2414)

Specific Occupations: 


Purchasing agent

International Careers(ISCO): 
Source Of Info: 

Source: SINGAPORE STANDARD OCCUPATIONAL CLASSIFICATION 2015, Department of Statistics, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Republic of Singapore