0113 Purchasing managers

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Lead statement

Purchasing managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a purchasing department and develop and implement the purchasing policies of a business or institution. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.

Example Titles

  • contract manager
  • food purchasing manager
  • manager, purchasing contracts
  • material manager
  • procurement director
  • purchasing director
  • supply chain logistics manager

Main duties

  • Purchasing managers perform some or all of the following duties:
    • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the purchasing activities of an establishment
    • Develop purchasing policies and procedures and control purchasing department budget
    • Identify vendors of materials, equipment or supplies
    • Evaluate cost and quality of goods or services
    • Negotiate or oversee the negotiation of purchase contracts
    • Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials
    • Review and process claims against suppliers
    • Interview, hire and oversee training of staff.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma in business administration, commerce or economics is usually required.
  • Purchasing managers responsible for units purchasing specialized materials or business services may require a related degree or diploma. For example, a bachelor's degree or college diploma in engineering may be required for purchasing managers responsible for purchasing industrial products.
  • The designation Supply Chain Management Professional (S.C.M.P.) or registration in the educational program of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada may be required.
  • Several years of experience as a purchasing agent or officer are required.

Exclusions

  • Purchasing agents and officers (12251225)
  • Retail and wholesale buyers (62226222)
  • Warehouse managers (in 07140714 Facility operation and maintenance managers)