High demand for purchasing/supply officers
The demand for purchasing/supply officers is growing as businesses and government agencies aim to run more efficiently and profitably. The COVID-19 pandemic has created further demand for purchasing/supply officers because businesses need to have a good supply chain for providing essential products.
There are currently more job vacancies than applicants, so the job is in high demand across a range of government agencies, councils and private industries including construction and infrastructure, manufacturing, IT and aged care.
Procurement manager (senior purchasing/supply officer) appears on Immigration New Zealand's long-term skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled purchasing/supply officers from overseas to work in New Zealand.
According to the Census, 15,447 purchasing/supply officers worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Learn purchasing/supply officer skills with MBIE's graduate programme
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) procurement programme for graduates is a good way to enter the role. By working across government agencies you gain a broad range of skills.
Types of employers varied
Most medium to large organisations employ purchasing/supply officers to buy the goods and services needed for their organisation.