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Purchasing Officer

Purchasing Officers prepare purchase orders, monitor supply sources and negotiate contracts with suppliers.

Overview

Purchasing Officers prepare purchase orders, monitor supply sources and negotiate contracts with suppliers.

Day-to-day

  • receives and checks purchase requests against inventory records and stock on hand
  • examines orders and compiles data for production schedules
  • identifies, contacts and negotiates contracts with suppliers.

Occupation snapshot
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Not available
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Stable
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Purchasing Officer

  • You can work as a Purchasing Officer without formal qualifications, however, a formal qualification in procurement, purchasing or business may be useful. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

    Find a Certificate in Business Procurement

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