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Purchasing control workers

OaSIS code 14403.01

Purchasing control workers process purchasing transactions, resolve supply problems and prepare and maintain files, reports and price lists.

Overview

Also known as

  • Procurement clerk
  • Purchase order clerk
  • Purchasing control clerk

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Review requisition orders for accuracy and verify that materials, equipment and stock are not available from current inventories
  • Source and obtain price quotations from catalogues and suppliers and prepare purchase orders
  • Calculate cost of orders and charge or forward invoices to appropriate accounts
  • Process purchases within purchasing authority
  • Contact suppliers to schedule deliveries and to resolve shortages, missed deliveries and other problems
  • Prepare and maintain purchasing files, reports and price lists.

Additional information

  • The duties of purchasing and inventory control workers may overlap in some establishments.
  • Progression to supervisory positions or more senior occupations such as purchasing agent or retail buyer is possible with additional training or experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Procurement and purchasing agents and officers (12102)
  • Storekeepers and partspersons (14401)
  • Retail and wholesale buyers (62101)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

1 – Business, finance and administration occupations

TEER

4 – Occupations usually require a secondary school diploma; or several weeks of on-the-job training

Major group

14 – Administrative and financial support and supply chain logistics occupations

Sub-major group

144 – Supply chain logistics, tracking and scheduling coordination occupations

Minor group

1440 – Supply chain logistics, tracking and scheduling coordination occupations

Unit group

14403 – Purchasing and inventory control workers

Occupational profile

14403.01 – Purchasing control workers

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Clerical Activities
3 - Moderate Level
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
3 - Moderate Level
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
3 - Moderate Level
Interacting with Computers
3 - Moderate Level
Planning and Organizing
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
1 - Very little time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Government agencies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Retail sales establishments
  • Wholesale companies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Mathematical Reasoning
3 - Moderate Level
Near Vision
3 - Moderate Level
Numerical Ability
3 - Moderate Level
Speech Recognition
3 - Moderate Level
Categorization Flexibility
2 - Low Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Management of Material Resources
3 - Moderate Level
Negotiating
3 - Moderate Level
Numeracy
3 - Moderate Level
Coordinating
2 - Low Level
Critical Thinking
2 - Low Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important
Stress Tolerance
4 - Highly important