Purchasing Officers 


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.


Work: Hiring, training, or supervising clerks.

Title Examples: Procurement Officer, Purchasing Agent, Purchasing Officer

Useful Secondary School subjects: English, Math, Business, Computer-related courses

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Diploma, Bachelor

Requirements: You usually need a university degree or college diploma in business administration, commerce or economics. You may need experience as a purchasing or administrative clerk. To specialize in the purchase of materials or business services, you may need a related university degree or college diploma. For example, a purchaser of industrial products may need a bachelor's degree or college diploma in engineering. You may also need a Certificate in Purchasing [Certified Professional Purchaser (CPP)] from the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. This designation program is intended for practitioners in supply management who want to advance in their careers and obtain further education and expertise in the discipline. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a manager. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma or undergraduate university degree.

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