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


  • 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.

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

Skills employers are looking for

  • Purchasing

  • Communication Skills

  • Procurement Contracts

  • Building Relationships

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Planning

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