Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations – NOC : 0014

Unit Group

0113 Purchasing managers

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

  • building supplies purchasing manager

  • chief, purchasing

  • clothing purchasing director

  • clothing purchasing manager

  • contract director

  • contract manager

  • director, procurement operations

  • director, purchasing

  • director, supply management

  • electronic components purchasing chief

  • electronic components purchasing director

  • electronic components purchasing manager

  • equipment manager

  • food purchasing director

  • food purchasing manager

  • hardware purchasing director

  • hardware purchasing manager

  • manager, procurement

  • manager, purchasing contracts

  • material and services purchasing manager

  • material manager

  • merchandise purchasing director

  • merchandise purchasing manager

  • office equipment purchasing manager

  • procurement director

  • procurement manager

  • procurement operations director

  • purchasing chief

  • purchasing contracts director

  • purchasing contracts manager

  • purchasing director

  • purchasing manager

  • supply chain director

  • supply chain logistics manager

  • supply chain manager

  • supply chief

  • supply service chief

  • supply-management director

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.

Classified elsewhere

  • Purchasing agents and officers (1225)

  • Retail and wholesale buyers (6222)

  • Warehouse managers (in 0714 Facility operation and maintenance managers )

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