Purchasing managers (NOC 0113)

About this job

Purchasing managers:

  • plan, organize, direct, control and check the activities of a purchasing department
  • create, design and carry out the purchasing policies of a business or institution
  • are employed in the public and private sectors
Common job titles
  • director, procurement
  • manager, contracts
  • manager, material and services purchasing
  • manager, supply chain logistics
  • purchasing manager, office equipment
  • director, procurement
  • manager, contracts
  • manager, material and services purchasing
  • manager, supply chain logistics
  • purchasing manager, office equipment

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$75,520

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Purchasing managers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • plan, organize, direct, control and check the purchasing activities of a company or institution
  • create purchasing policies and procedures
  • control purchasing department budgets
  • identify dealers of materials, equipment or supplies
  • check cost and quality of goods or services
  • discuss or oversee the bargaining of purchase contracts
  • take part in the creation of requirements for equipment, products or other materials
  • look over and process claims against suppliers
  • interview, hire and oversee training of staff

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • 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.

Skills

  • Innovative
  • Social
  • Directive
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Business Administration/Management/Commerce
  • Economics
  • Economics (Arts)
  • Economics (Science)
  • International Business
  • Operations Management/Supervision

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
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Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
1,220
Average annual employment growth:
1.1%
Expected number of job openings:
620
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
40
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
20
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
150
Average annual employment growth:
-0.1%
Expected number of job openings:
60

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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Additional resources

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