NOC 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.

Main 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 (S.C.M.P.) or registration in the educational program of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada may be required.
  • Several years of experience as a purchasing agent or officer are required.

All 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


  • Procurement and purchasing agents and officers (12102)
  • Retail and wholesale buyers (62101)
  • Warehouse managers (See 70012 Facility operation and maintenance managers)



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