Purchasing officers purchase general / specialized equipment, materials, and business services, assess workplace needs and develop specifications for required equipment, materials, and supplies, invite tenders, consult with suppliers, and review quotations, determine or negotiate contract terms / conditions, and award supplier contracts or recommend awards, establish delivery schedules, monitor progress, and contact clients / suppliers to resolve problems, and specialize in the purchase of business services and particular materials such as furniture or office equipment.
Duties May Include
Hiring, training, or supervising clerks.
Examples of Titles
Where They Work
Purchasing officers work in business / government.
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code found next to the name of the career is a 4-digit code that classifies occupations by different skill types and skill levels.
The information on careers is adapted from Canadian Occupational Projection System, a project by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, which uses annual data to analyze trends in labour.
© Canadian Occupational Projection System, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 2011.
© JobFutures, Labour Force Survey, 2006.
© National Occupational Classification, Human Resources Skills and Development Canada, 2006.
© Working in Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2009.