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NOC 0113 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.

Example Titles

  • building supplies purchasing manager
  • chief, purchasing
  • clothing purchasing director
  • clothing purchasing manager
  • contract director
  • contract manager
  • director, procurement operations
  • director, purchasing
  • director, supply management
  • 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
  • manager, procurement
  • manager, purchasing contracts
  • 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
  • supply chain director
  • supply chain logistics manager
  • supply chain manager
  • supply chief
  • supply service chief
  • supply-management director

Main duties

Purchasing managers perform 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 (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.

Additional information

  • Progression to senior management positions is possible with experience.
  • Other joint committees led by human resources managers may focus on issues such as alcohol or drug addiction.
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