Purchasing agents and officers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Purchase general and specialized equipment, materials or business services for use or for further processing by their establishment
B. Assess requirements of an establishment and develop specifications for equipment, materials and supplies to be purchased
C. Invite tenders, consult with suppliers and review quotations
D. Determine or negotiate contract terms and conditions, award supplier contracts or recommend contract awards
E. Establish delivery schedules, monitor progress and contact clients and suppliers to resolve problems
F. May hire, train or supervise purchasing clerks.
G. Purchasing agents and officers may specialize in the purchase of particular materials or business services such as furniture or office equipment.
1. Wholesale trade - 12.0%
2. Public administration - 10.0%
3. Retail trade - 6.0%
4. Construction - 4.0%
5. Computer and electronic product manufacturing - 4.0%
6. Transportation and warehousing - 4.0%
1. You usually need a university degree or college diploma in business administration, commerce or economics.
2. You may need experience as a purchasing or administrative clerk.
3. To specialize in the purchase of materials or business services, you may need a related university degree or college diploma. For example, a purchaser of industrial products may need a bachelor's degree or college diploma in engineering.
4. You may also need a Certificate in Purchasing [Certified Professional Purchaser (CPP)] from the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. This designation program is intended for practitioners in supply management who want to advance in their careers and obtain further education and expertise in the discipline.
5. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a manager.
6. Many recent entrants have either an undergraduate university degree or a community college diploma.
4. Computer-related courses
The average hourly wages for Purchasing Agents and Officers is $21.62/HR, which is above average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are close to average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.