10012 – Purchasing managers



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.


Index of titles
Building supplies purchasing manager
Category purchasing manager
Clothing purchasing director
Clothing purchasing manager
Contract director
Contract manager
Electronic components purchasing chief
Electronic components purchasing director
Electronic components purchasing manager
Equipment manager
Food purchasing director
Food purchasing manager
Hardware purchasing director
Hardware purchasing manager
Logistics officer - Canadian armed forces
Material and services purchasing manager
Material manager
Merchandise purchasing director
Merchandise purchasing manager
Office equipment purchasing manager
Procurement director
Procurement manager
Procurement operations director
Purchasing chief
Purchasing contracts director
Purchasing contracts manager
Purchasing director
Purchasing manager
Strategic sourcing director
Supply chain director
Supply chain logistics manager
Supply chain manager
Supply chief
Supply service chief
Supply-management director


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.


Additional information


Procurement and purchasing agents and officers (12102)
Retail and wholesale buyers (62101)
Warehousing manager (in 70012 Facility operation and maintenance managers)