Purchasing agents and officers - Emploi d'avenir

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Purchasing agents and officers

Whether it’s for a clothing store, a manufacturing company or the public sector, new materials and equipment continually need to be purchased. Take charge of assessing requirements, inviting tenders, researching suppliers and making purchases.

Average salary26$ / hour


Purchasing agents and officers purchase general and specialized equipment, materials, land or access rights and business services for use or for further processing by their establishment. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.

Main tasks

  • Purchase general and specialized equipment, materials, land or access rights, or business services for use or for further processing by their establishment
  • Assess requirements of an establishment and develop specifications for equipment, materials and supplies to be purchased
  • Invite tenders, consult with suppliers and review quotations
  • Determine or negotiate contract terms and conditions, award supplier contracts or recommend contract awards
  • Establish logistics of delivery schedules, monitor progress and contact clients and suppliers to resolve problems
  • Negotiate land acquisition or access rights for public or private use, and may conduct field investigations of properties
  • May hire, train or supervise purchasing clerks. 
    * Purchasing agents and officers may specialize in the purchase of particular materials or business services such as furniture or office equipment.



    Business administration

    More information

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    This trade is in highest demand in these regions:

    • Capitale-Nationale
    • Mauricie
    • Chaudière-Appalaches
    • Lanaudière
    • Laurentides
    • Montérégie
    • Centre-du-Québec
    • Grande région de Québec
    • Grande région de Montréal

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