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Career Details :: Procurement Clerks
Compile information and records to draw up purchase orders for procurement of materials and services.
No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a general office clerk even if he/she has never worked in an office before.
These occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some may require a formal training course to obtain a license.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
- Types or writes purchase order and sends copy to supplier and department originating request.
- Verifies bills from suppliers with bids and purchase orders.
- Reads catalogs and interviews suppliers to obtain prices and specifications.
- Determines if material is on hand in sufficient quantity.
- Compares prices, specifications, and delivery dates, and awards contract to supplier with best bid.
- Types or writes invitation-of-bid forms and mails forms to supplier firms or distributes forms for public posting.
- Compiles records of items purchased or transferred between departments.
- Computes total cost of items purchased, using calculator.
- Verifies terminology and specifications of purchase requests.
- Approves bills for payment.
- Confers with suppliers concerning late deliveries.
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General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Processing Information
- Documenting/Recording Information
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Provide a Service to Others
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done