National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 Version 1.0


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10012 - 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
    • material manager
    • procurement director
    • purchasing contracts manager
    • purchasing director
    • supply chain logistics manager

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Procurement and purchasing agents and officers (See 12102 Procurement and purchasing agents and officers)
    • Retail and wholesale buyers (See 62101 Retail and wholesale buyers)
    • Warehousing manager (See 70012 Facility operation and maintenance managers)
  • 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.
  • 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 (SCMP) or registration in the educational program of the Supply Chain Management Association may be required.
    • Several years of experience as a purchasing agent or officer are required.
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