Purchasing/Supply Officer Āpiha Hoko

Purchasing/supply officers buy or supply equipment, materials and services at the best price and quality for an organisation.

Purchasing/supply officers may do some or all of the following:

  • work with staff and management to define their needs
  • keep up to date with market trends in the industry in which they work
  • research and identify new suppliers
  • strategise communicating and working with suppliers for orders
  • build relationships and negotiate prices with suppliers 
  • order and purchase goods and services that the business needs
  • keep accurate records of payment and delivery of goods and services.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for purchasing/procurement officers includes:

  • customer service
  • administrative work
  • accounting or financial work
  • work in stores and warehousing.

Personal Qualities

Purchasing/supply officers need to be:

  • good at communicating
  • able to follow a budget
  • good at planning and time management
  • methodical and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • good at negotiating
  • able to work well under pressure.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for purchasing/procurement officers includes:

  • customer service
  • administrative work
  • accounting or financial work
  • work in stores and warehousing.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a purchasing/supply officer. However, maths, accounting, chemistry, physics, technology and English to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.

Purchasing/Supply Officers can earn around $45K-$110K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Purchasing/Supply Officer are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Purchasing/supply officers may progress to a management role such as procurement manager, or onto a senior leadership team.

They may specialise in a particular industry, such as IT and communications. 

Purchasing/Supply Officer

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