Purchasing and inventory control workers (NOC 1524)

About this job

Purchasing and inventory control workers:

  • process purchasing transactions
  • maintain inventories of materials, equipment and stock
  • work for retail and wholesale establishments, manufacturing companies, government agencies and other establishments
Common job titles
  • clerk, control
  • clerk, equipment inventory
  • clerk, inventory - permanent
  • clerk, invoice and purchase order
  • clerk, procurement / purchasing
  • clerk, supply - ship


Purchasing control workers:

  • review requisition orders for accuracy and check that materials, equipment and stock are not available from current inventories
  • find and obtain price estimates from catalogues and suppliers, and prepare purchase orders
  • calculate cost of orders and charge or forward invoices to appropriate accounts
  • process purchases within purchasing authority
  • contact suppliers to schedule deliveries and to resolve shortages, missed deliveries and other problems
  • prepare and maintain purchasing files, reports and price lists

Inventory control workers:

  • use manual or computerized inventory systems to oversee inventory levels as materials, equipment and stock are issued, transferred within an establishment or sold to the public
  • use manual or computerized inventory systems to compile inventory reports, recording the quantity, type and value of materials, equipment and stock on hand
  • prepare requisition orders to replenish materials, equipment and stock
  • maintain stock rotation and dispose of and account for outdated stock
  • enter data for production scheduling, stock replenishment/relocation and inventory adjustments
  • match physical inventories with computer counts

Work environment

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

Career paths and resources

Career paths

The duties of purchasing and inventory clerks may overlap in some establishments.

Promotion to supervisory positions or more senior occupations such as purchasing agent or retail buyer is possible with additional training or experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.