Buyers, Purchasing Officers & Managers
Learn about this occupation – including typical duties, education required, salary and job outlook information, job boards and more.
Buyers and purchasing agents buy products and services for organizations to use or resell. Purchasing managers oversee the work of buyers and purchasing agents. (Occupational Outlook Handbook). Both purchasing managers and agents are employed throughout the public and private sectors (National Occupational Classification).
Purchasing or procurement is a part of logistics and the supply chain process. This page includes information about buyers and purchasing and acquisitions specialists across a range of fields, from manufacturing to fashion to disaster relief.
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian Occupational Descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information:
- AgCareers.com profiles: Purchasing Analyst
- Sokanu: Purchasing Manager - occupational information and videos
- Careers in Public Procurement (includes profile video of an Airforce Acquisition Specialist) - Government of Canada
- Career Profile: Chief Procurement Officer - United Nations
- So You Want to be a Wine Buyer? - Wine & Spirit Education Trust
- So This is What it Means to be a Fashion Buyer - HuffingtonPost.ca
- Careers in the Supply Chain - Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC)
- CareersInSupplyChain.ca - Career Profiles
- People in Supply Chain - supply chain videos from CSCSC
The employment requirements for a Purchasing Officer is usually post-secondary education in business, economics or a field related to a specialized product. Prior experience as a purchasing or administrative clerk may be required, along with a relevant professional designation. Buyers are usually required to have post-secondary education in business, marketing or a related area, along with work experience in retail or wholesale establishments. (National Occupational Classification).
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Faculty and Department Homepages
Visit U of M's faculty and department homepage to learn about program application deadlines and processes, as well as additional in-house resources and opportunities.
- Asper School of Business - Faculty of Management
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Certificate in Logistics - Transportation Institute, in partnership with Red River College
- Agribusiness & Agricultural Economics - Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences
Exploring Other Education Options
Information for foreign-trained professionals - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
Labour market information
Labour market information (LMI) informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Careers in Supply Chain Management - Job Outlook, Salary, Skills in Demand info from SCMA
- Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC) LMI Portal
- CSCSC HR Study - information on education, credentials and employee satisfaction
- I want to be a retail buyer. What will my salary be? - The Globe & Mail
- The Digital Supply Chain: Creating Skills for the Future (2018) - CSCSC report on the impact of technology
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) - Manitoba branch
- Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
- Universal Public Procurement Certification Council
- The Institute for Public Procurement (NIPG)
- Canadian Institute of Traffic & Transportation (CITT)
- American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)
- Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (U.S.)
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring. Note: the list below is limited and does not represent the wide range of private companies, public sector departments and non-profit organizations that employ purchasing specialists.
- Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC)
- Canadian Logistics Institute - corporate members
- Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
- Retail Council of Canada
- Canadian Apparel Directory
- ReliefWeb - listing of relief organizations
- APICS Corporate Members
Search occupations of interest in the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.
- SCMA job posting board - Manitoba
- NIPG job board - public sector jobs in North America
- ISM job board - North America
- APICS job board - North America
These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience:
- Transport Institute - Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba
- University of Manitoba Supply Chain Organization
- Career Paths in Supply Chain Management - SCMA Canada
- Canadian Transportation & Logistics magazine
- Women In Supply Chain (WISC) - Van Horne Institute
- Logistics in Canada - overview reports from the Government of Canada
- APICS Magazine
- Video: Supply Chain Management (Green Careers) - ALIS, courtesy of Van Horne Institute
- Article: ..from Analyst to Buyer with TJX Canada - TalentEgg.ca
- Career Guide: Supply Chain & Logistics - articles, employer info and industry facts from Job Postings magazine
- Article: The beginners guide to supply chain and logistics
- Article: The Invisible Chain - information on supply chain and logistics career paths