Purchasing Agent


The purchasing agent negotiates vendor terms, prices and schedules delivery of all materials, supplies, equipment and services using knowledge of budget and schedule requirements.


Essential Functions

  • Develops relationships with a network of suppliers and manage the material delivery schedules to ensure on-time execution and superior quality

  • Negotiates best vendor terms, achieves lowest possible pricing and delivery costs based on specific budget and schedule requirements

  • Prepares and issues purchase orders and purchase order changes

  • Maintains timely control of orders, amendments, shipping notices, and other required documentation to assure orderly retention of records

  • Frequently interacts with the Project Managers and Foremen to understand job requirements and order material as requested

  • Works closely with Warehouse Coordinator and communicate arrival/departure to Project Managers

  • Conducts follow-up with Accounts Payable for supplier inquiries and complaints

  • Supports all purchasing activities for Operations



1. Technical Capacity

2. Financial Management

3. Communication Proficiency

4. Time Management

5. Discretion

6. Decision Making


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment and in the field. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is rarely active and requires minimal standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching. The employee will rarely lift and/or move items over 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with flexibility for earlier or later hours based on needs of business. This position may occasionally require weekend work.



Travel is primarily local, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected. A maximum of 25% local or out of town travel is expected.


Required Education and Experience

High school Diploma required. Minimum of two years purchasing related experience and demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities to perform required tasks.

Please note this job description, is meant to be a representation of the physical demands, work environment, and day-to-day activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of an employee for this job; it is not meant to be all-inclusive or limited to the above outline. To remain an industry leader, duties, responsibilities and activities of any KLA Laboratories employee may change, at any time, to meet the needs of the Company or the Customer, with or without notice.


Please email your resume to careers@klalabs.com to find out more about employment opportunities.