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.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 87% of people employed as Purchasing Officers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 21 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Purchasing Officers||All Jobs Average|
Around 70% of Purchasing Officers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Purchasing Officers is 43 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 52% of the workforce. This is 4 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Purchasing Officers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.8||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Purchasing Officer. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or a university degree in procurement, purchasing or business.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Purchasing Officers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||7.8||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||11.8||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks who interact well with others, are organised, trustworthy and responsible.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
46%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Looking for ways to help people.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
37%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
36%Management of financial resources
Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.
Using maths to solve problems.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
65%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
64%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
57%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
53%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
47%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
44%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
37%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
34%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
33%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
32%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
26%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
21%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
12%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
43%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Do two or more things at the same time.
30%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
29%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
68%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
66%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
63%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
59%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
58%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
58%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
56%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
54%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
52%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
52%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
50%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
48%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
46%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
45%Managing payments and orders
Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.
44%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
43%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
42%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
41%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
36%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
28%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
97%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Work with people in a group or team.
Talk with people face-to-face.
92%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
91%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
90%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
90%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
88%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
87%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Work to strict deadlines.
84%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
80%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
72%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
71%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
69%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
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