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
  • 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:
Related Careers
Available Jobs
  • Here are the two most recent postings:

Procurement manager

Posted on Aug 02 2019

By silverline exterior solutions

Port coquitlam Dependant upon experience
Building supplies purchasing manager

Posted on Jul 31 2019

By zgg ltd.

Mississauga Dependant upon experience
View All Jobs (5)
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
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Similar Jobs In Other Industries
Careers also exist in the following industries:
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Finance
  • 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
  • Utilities
  • Warehousing and Storage
  • Wood product manufacturing
Job Details

Job Category

Business and Operations Support



Oil sands

Exploration and production



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary diploma
  • Post-secondary degree

Additional Requirements:

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