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
- The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths:
- Planner to Purchasing Manager
- Clerical to Analyst to Management
- Operations to Field Supervisor to Project Lead
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
- Warehousing and Storage
- Rail Transportation
- Forestry and Logging
- Professional and Scientific Services
- Non-metallic mineral product manufacturing
- Paper manufacturing
- Wood product manufacturing
- Mining and quarrying
- Truck transportation
- Non-residential and residential building construction
- Public administration and regulatory
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Petroleum and Coal Product manufacturing
- Chemical manufacturing
Business and Operations Support
Exploration and production
- Post-secondary diploma
- Post-secondary degree
- 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.
- The following health and safety courses may be required for this occupation on occasion of field visits:
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Fall protection
- Confined space entry
- Aerial lift training
- Traffic control
- Purchasing managers responsible for purchasing specialized materials or business services may require a related degree or diploma.