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Purchasing agents and officers purchase general and specialized equipment, materials and business services for use or for further processing by their establishment. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.
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- Purchase general and specialized equipment, materials 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 delivery schedules, monitor progress and contact clients and suppliers to resolve problems
- 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.
Outlook & Prospects for Purchasing Agents and Officers in North Shore Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|North Shore Region||2011-06-07|
Currently the chances of qualified Purchasing Agents and Officers finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area. The number of people employed locally in this occupation is relatively small but opportunities could occur from movement among existing employees. There are a fair number of potential employers in the local and surrounding areas and vacancies have been noted in the job bank over the past few years. Overall, the occupation appears in balance with stable demand and supply for workers. The Purchasing Management Association of Canada has launched a renewed Certified Professional Purchaser (C.P.P.) accreditation program. Known as Strategic Supply Chain Management Leadership Program, the new program is designed to be taken over 36 months concurrent with full-time employment.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Purchasing Agents and Officers in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Purchasing Agents and Officers (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Mar 04 – Mar 08, 2013
- Pieridae Energy Ltd. partners with Contact Exploration Ltd. to secure gas for proposed $5B Goldboro gas plant
Week of Feb 18 – Feb 22, 2013
- Pieridae Energy Canada Ltd., who are proposing a LNG export facility for Guysborough County, have opened an office in Halifax
Week of Jan 14 – Jan 18, 2013
- The number of job losses at Windsor Salt in Pugwash will now exceed 50, according to the union. The fine salt operation will close, leaving only the mining of rock salt.
Week of Dec 10 – Dec 14, 2012
- Canada Salt will close its Pugwash fine salt mine at the end of January 2013, putting forty-two employees at the mine out of work
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