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

    Relevant technical or purchasing experience is needed to work as a Purchasing Officer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Purchasing Officers.

    Tasks

    • 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.

    More about Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

    All Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

    • $1,251 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Purchasing Officers

    • 14,700 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 43 years Average age
    • 52% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Purchasing Officers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 16,900 in 2011 to 14,700 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Location: Purchasing Officers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: They work in many industries such as Manufacturing; Public Administration and Safety; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (87%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 52% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing20.4
    Public Administration and Safety14.8
    Wholesale Trade13.6
    Retail Trade10.4
    Other Industries40.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StatePurchasing OfficersAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.931.6
    VIC26.425.6
    QLD21.220.0
    SA6.27.0
    WA12.510.8
    TAS1.22.0
    NT1.11.0
    ACT2.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketPurchasing OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.3-5.05.0
    20-244.2-9.39.3
    25-3423.8-22.922.9
    35-4425.8-22.022.0
    45-5425.5-21.621.6
    55-5910.6-9.09.0
    60-646.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationPurchasing OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree19.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV17.7-21.121.1
    Year 1222.4-18.118.1
    Year 116.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below11.8-12.512.5

    Relevant technical or purchasing experience is needed to work as a Purchasing Officer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Purchasing Officers.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks who interact well with others, are organised, trustworthy and responsible.

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    1. Clerical

      75% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      65% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Administration and Management

      64% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    4. English Language

      60% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Mathematics

      58% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

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    2. Telephone

      99% Important

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    3. Contact With Others

      97% Important

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    4. Work With Work Group or Team

      92% Important

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    5. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

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