Purchasing managers (NOC 0113)

High opportunity occupation

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


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.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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