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Purchasing managers

OaSIS code 10012.00

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.

Overview

Also known as

  • Contract manager
  • Food purchasing manager
  • Material manager
  • Procurement director
  • Purchasing contracts manager
  • Purchasing director
  • Supply chain logistics manager

Main duties

This group performs 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.

Additional information

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Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Procurement and purchasing agents and officers (12102)
  • Retail and wholesale buyers (62101)
  • Warehousing manager (in 70012.01 Facility operation managers)

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
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
5 - Highest Level
Staffing
5 - Highest Level
Analyzing Data or Information
4 - High Level
Coaching and Developing Others
4 - High Level
Communicating with Coworkers
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

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

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all 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
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Establishements throughout the private and public sector

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
Categorization Flexibility
4 - High Level
Fluency of Ideas
4 - High Level
Mathematical Reasoning
4 - High Level
Numerical Ability
4 - High Level
Deductive Reasoning
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Management of Financial Resources
5 - Highest Level
Management of Material Resources
5 - Highest Level
Management of Personnel Resources
5 - Highest Level
Negotiating
5 - Highest Level
Persuading
5 - Highest Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important