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Buyers in the engineering field, also commonly referred to as procurement engineers, are responsible for overseeing and managing the purchasing process of goods and services for industrial or manufacturing operations.
To be engineering buyer, you are required to have detailed knowledge of tools, equipment, and supplies in the industry you are employed, and you will need to build strong relationships with suppliers in order to secure and negotiate purchase agreements. Job prospects for these and related positions remain steady. If you are ready for a challenging career and have the requirements, contact Randstad Canada today to explore your options.
Buyers work in an office environment during regular business hours. Some travel many be required to meet with suppliers, attend industry events and to meet with business partners. In most cases, you will report to a senior buyer or purchasing manager. Expect to work closely with them when securing and negotiating deals.
A buyer within the engineering industry in Canada can expect an average salary of about $54,000. Entry level positions in this field pay approximately $40,000 to start. With experience, you can make up to $80,000 annually. Bonuses and profit sharing can help increase your earning potential. Experience with contract management and negotiation can help increase your earning potential. Most employers also pay health benefits as part of your compensation package.
Tasks change based on factors such as company needs and where they are in the purchasing process. The overall objective of a buyer is to ensure the company and all of its departments have the products and services needed to operate effectively. Engineering buyer jobs may involve:
Buyers can work in a variety of industries such as construction, manufacturing, and many others with a connection to engineering. Many job opportunities are found in cities such as Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and other large cities with large manufacturing or construction industries.
A large part of your role as a buyer is to have expert knowledge of the products and services you need to purchase for your organization, but also to develop strong relationships with suppliers and negotiate cost effective solutions for your company. Therefore, hiring companies are looking for candidates with the following skills:
Hiring companies require buyers to have a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as construction management, business, management, sales, or other areas of study. Experience as a junior buyer, through an internship, or other related work experience is an asset. Knowledge of the industry you will be working in is preferred and can give you an edge over other candidates. Additional training may be provided by the hiring company.
Experience as a buyer in the engineering field opens the door to diverse career opportunities in many fields. Often buyers move on to new positions such as senior buyer, purchasing manager, procurement specialist, category manager, and strategic sourcing manager within engineering, construction, manufacturing or other related industries.