Entry Senior

Purchasing Manager

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

Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
Analyzing inventories to determine how to increase inventory turns, reduce waste or optimize customer service.
Analyzing information about supplier performance or procurement program success.
Performing risk management regarding supply contracts and agreements.
Maintaining Relationships
Developing and maintaining relationships with suppliers to understand key aspects of their competitive position and financial strength.
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring forecasts and quotas to identify changes or to determine their effect on supply chain activities.
Planning and Organizing
Judgment and Decision Making
Administration and Management
Management of Material Resources
Career Path
  • 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
Related Careers
How Can I Work in LNG?

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!

Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Warehousing and Storage
  • Rail Transportation
  • Finance
  • 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
  • Utilities
Job Details

Job Category

Business and Operations Support


Exploration and production

Oil sands




Qualifications + Experience


  • 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

Additional Requirements:

  • Purchasing managers responsible for purchasing specialized materials or business services may require a related degree or diploma.