NOC 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.

  • 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.

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.

All 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
  • Purchaser
  • 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


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


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