12102 – Procurement and purchasing agents and officers



12102 – Procurement and purchasing agents and officers
Procurement and purchasing agents and officers source and purchase general and specialized equipment, materials, business services and land or access rights for use or for further processing by their establishment. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.


Index of titles
Advertising buyer
Business services purchasing officer
Buyer - manufacturing and processing
Buyer - purchasing
Construction contract administrator
Contract administrator
Contract claims examiner
Contract management officer
Contract negotiator
Contract specialist
Contracts officer
Energy asset joint venture representative
Energy asset surface land analyst
Furniture and furnishings purchaser
Government supply officer
Grain buyer
Hotel purchasing agent
Hotel purchasing officer
Land agent
Land negotiator
Landman/woman - oil and gas
Material management officer
Material purchasing officer
Materials coordinator
Media buyer
Media estimator
Media time and space buyer
Mineral land contracts analyst
Office equipment purchasing officer
Ore buyer
Passenger and freight rates analyst
Petroleum land administrator
Procurement officer
Procurement specialist
Products administrator
Pulpwood buyer
Purchasing agent
Purchasing contracts administrator
Purchasing contracts analyst
Purchasing contracts management officer
Purchasing contracts negotiator
Purchasing contracts officer
Purchasing officer
Purchasing supervisor
Purchasing-services contracts negotiator
Radio time buyer
Restaurant purchasing agent
Restaurant purchasing officer
Right-of-way agent
Senior buyer - purchasing
Services contracts negotiator
Sourcing specialist
Stewardship officer
Storage purchasing coordinator
Strategic sourcing analyst
Supply chain specialist - procurement
Television time buyer
Well and facilities asset analyst


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Procurement agents and officers
Evaluate risk, assess, prepare forecasts, scenarios and other factors concerning the supply market, and write reports and recommendations
Provides research and input into the financial sourcing aspects of contracts and calls for tender when information is not readily available
Identify high impact cost reduction opportunities
Leverage the organization’s buying power to optimize costs, access new suppliers, reduce lead times, and guarantee supply
Develop and maintain relationships with existing and potential buyers and suppliers to the organization
Respond to customer service inquiries and clarify requirements and provide information as needed.

Purchasing agents and officers
Purchase general and specialized equipment and materials, business services and land or access rights for use or for further processing by their establishment
Assess requirements of an establishment and develop specifications for equipment, materials and supplies to be purchased
Invite tenders, consult with suppliers and review quotations
Determine or negotiate contract terms and conditions, award supplier contracts or recommend contract awards
Establish logistics of delivery schedules, monitor progress and contact clients and suppliers to resolve problems
Negotiate land acquisition or access rights for public or private use, and may conduct field investigations of properties
May hire, train or supervise purchasing clerks.


Employment requirements
Procurement and purchasing agents and officers usually require a bachelor's degree or college diploma in business administration, commerce or economics.
Procurement and purchasing agents and officers purchasing specialized materials or business services may require a related university degree or college diploma. For example, a bachelor's degree or college diploma in engineering may be required for purchasers of industrial products.
A certificate in purchasing from the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) may be required.
Previous experience as a purchasing clerk or as an administrative clerk may be required.
Certification from the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) may be required.
Sourcing specialists and analysts usually require a bachelor's degree or college diploma in economics, logistics, operations management, finance, engineering, mathematics, or statistical analysis.
Previous work experience in supply chain for sourcing specialists and analysts is usually required.


Additional information
Procurement and purchasing agents and officers may specialize in the purchase of particular materials or business services such as furniture or access rights.
Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.


Purchasing and inventory control workers (14403)
Purchasing managers (10012)
Retail and wholesale buyers (62101)