Procurement Clerk

Procurement Clerk

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Preschool is also an important time for developing social skills. Through their time in preschool, children learn how to relate to other children in their age range. They develop independence from their parents and learn how to interact with other adults and caregivers on a regular basis. Preschool prepares children for kindergarten and the rest of their elementary school experience. By participating in predictable daily routines and exploring a variety of key skills and topics, preschoolers are able to gain the knowledge they need to advance successfully throughout their elementary school experience.

Job Responsibilities of Procurement Clerks

Procurement clerks are primarily responsible for compiling records and information needed to create purchase orders, which are documents used to procure supplies, equipment and services. Their daily tasks include, but are not limited to: 

  • Locate suppliers and obtain product information and price quotes 
  • Compare prices, specifications, delivery dates in choosing potential suppliers 
  • Create, maintain and review purchasing reports, price lists and files 
  • Payment Invoicing 
  • Ensure compliance purchasing policies and government regulations 
  • Track procurement data, order status, requisitions and contracts 
  • Check arriving shipments for proper products and quality 
  • Check invoices against bids and purchase orders to ensure accuracy 
  • Inventory tracking 
  • Purchasing 

Procurement Clerks: Common Employment Settings

Since virtually all organizations have a need for materials, supplies, and equipment, Procurement Clerks work in a wide variety of businesses and industries. These employees most often work in office environments, but in many employment settings, some travel may be necessary – for meetings with suppliers, for example.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), About 75,000 Procurement Clerks held jobs in 2016. Some of their largest employers were local, state and federal government, manufacturing firms, hospitals, schools and retail and wholesale organizations.

Career Outlook: Procurement Clerks

Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not directly report statistics for Procurement Clerks, similarly purchasing manager roles show about 45,000 openings projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

How to Become a Procurement Clerk

While it is possible to get hired for entry level positions in this field with a high-school education and on the job training, most employers prefer hiring candidates with a degree in business, finance, or supply management. An associate degree can qualify you for most Procurement Clerk positions, with about 59 percent of employers, according to O*NET, expecting candidates for these positions to hold this degree. Around 20 percent of employers prefer to hire applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree. Only 14 percent of employers in the field are content to hire Procurement Clerks with just a high school diploma or equivalent.

What can I do with an Associate Degree in Office Management?

Earning a Office Management Associate Degree from Bryant & Stratton College will prepare you to pursue a career as a Procurement Clerk, providing you with the education level and credential that the majority of employers look for in potential new hires.

Earning a Associate Degree in Office Management can also prepare you for a wide variety of other roles in a range of businesses and industries by providing a solid education in areas that include management principles, marketing, sales, accounting, business communications, information technology, business law and much more. With this foundation, you will be prepared to pursue careers in corporations, manufacturing firms, insurance companies, financial institutions and real estate firms, among many other potential career opportunities.

Earning this degree can give you a head start on furthering your education, which can open the door to career advancement. Graduates of Bryant & Stratton’s Associate Degree in Office Management program can apply credits earned in this program to many corresponding education programs – Bryant & Stratton’s bachelor’s degree in General Management, for instance.

Additional Training/Requirements

Many employers prefer to hire candidates for Procurement Clerk positions that have a significant amount of work experience as a procurement clerk or in a closely related field. Requirements vary from one employer to another, but generally fall between 1 and 5 years of work experience. Some employers may prefer to hire applicants for Procurement Clerk positions who have earned professional certifications. Certifications that are often sought by potential employers in this field include:

  • The Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) certification, which can be acquired through The American Purchasing Society 
  • The Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential, offered by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) 
  • The Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential, obtained via the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) 

Earning professional certifications typically requires meeting educational and work experience requirements set forth by professional associations offering the specific certification you are seeking, then passing an exam administered by those organizations. Some certifications require holders to meet continuing education requirements annually to maintain their certification status.

For more insights into the Procurement Clerk field, please visit the Business Degrees section of the Bryant & Stratton College blog. Exploring that blog and our website can offer you a great deal of helpful information and insight on pursuing a career path as a Procurement Clerk or in any other area of business that you feel has the potential to offer you a satisfying and successful career.

While these projections can help career-minded people evaluate potential employment fields, it is important to note that job market data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook is only intended to provide insight on occupational opportunities. It should not be construed as a guarantee of salary or job title. Neither BLS nor Bryant & Stratton College can guarantee employment in any field.

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