National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011


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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.

  • Illustrative example(s)

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

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Purchasing agents and officers (1225)
    • Retail and wholesale buyers (6222)
    • Warehouse managers (See 0714 Facility operation and maintenance managers)
  • 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.
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