Reports to:Purchasing Manager

Main objectives:Buys machinery, equipment, raw materials, services and other supplies for use or consumption by a manufacturing, commercial government agency or other undertaking.

Typical functions and responsibilities:

  • Purchase goods and services that the business needs.
  • Work with staff and management to define their needs.
  • Research and identify new suppliers.
  • Interview vendors to ascertain their ability to meet specific requirements for design, performance, price and delivery.
  • Negotiate contracts with suppliers keeping within budgetary limits.
  • Keep accurate records of payment and delivery of goods and services.
  • Keep up to date with market trends in the industry in which they work.

Typical qualifications and experience:Four to five years secondary education and experience in purchasing area.