About This Career
Purchasing Managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a purchasing department. They develop and implement the business’s purchasing policies. This involves examining the existing procedures and identifying opportunities to streamline purchasing activities. They establish vendor networks to meet distribution needs, and optimize lead time, pricing, quality, safety performance and on-time delivery. They work closely with other departments such as finance and engineering.
Education: A post-secondary diploma or degree in business administration, commerce or economics is typically required, along with several years of experience as a Purchasing Agent or Officer.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Global Supply Chain Director, Supply Chain Director, Supply Chain Manager, Supply Chain Logistics Manager, Contract Manager, Material Manager, Procurement Manager, Purchasing Director
- Clerical to Analyst to Management
- Operations to Field Supervisor to Project Lead
- Planner to Purchasing Manager
- The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths:
As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:
- Off-site fabrication
· LNG export facility construction
· LNG export facility operations
· Natural gas pipeline construction
- Turnaround maintenance
When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!
Mild Physical Activity
Some Overtime Required
Careers also exist in the following industries:
- Chemical manufacturing
- Forestry and Logging
- Mining and quarrying
- Non-metallic mineral product manufacturing
- Non-residential and residential building construction
- Paper manufacturing
- Petroleum and Coal Product manufacturing
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Professional and Scientific Services
- Public administration and regulatory
- Rail Transportation
- Truck transportation
- Warehousing and Storage
- Wood product manufacturing
Business and Operations Support
Exploration and production
- Post-secondary diploma
- Post-secondary degree
- Purchasing managers responsible for purchasing specialized materials or business services may require a related degree or diploma.