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Purchasing/​Supply Officer

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


Purchasing/supply officers can earn

$55K-$100K per year

Procurement managers can earn

$75K-$170K per year

Source: Lawson Williams, 2023

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a purchasing/supply officer are good due to a shortage of workers and increasing demand for their services.


Pay for purchasing/supply officers and procurement managers  varies depending on skills, experience, the type of work they do and where they work. 

Purchasing/ supply officers

  • Purchasing/supply officers with one to two years’ experience usually earn $55,000 to $80,000 a year.
  • Purchasing/supply officers with three to six years’ experience usually earn $70,000 to $80,000.
  • Purchasing/supply officers with over seven years’ experience can earn $80,000 to $100,000.

Procurement managers 

  • Procurement managers with one to two years’ experience usually earn $75.000 to $95,000 a year.
  • Procurement managers with three to six years’ experience usually earn $90,000 to $135,000.
  • Procurement managers with over seven years’ experience can earn $125,000 to $170,000.

Depending on experience and ability, they may also get bonuses and other benefits such as a company car.

Source:  Lawson Williams Consulting Group, 2023.

(This information is a guide only. Find out more about the sources of our pay information)

What you will do

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

  • work with staff and management to define their purchasing needs
  • keep up to date with market trends in the industry they work
  • research and identify new suppliers
  • 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.

Skills and knowledge

Purchasing/supply officers need to have knowledge of:

  • the organisation and industry they work for
  • the specifications of the products they deal with
  • procurement strategies
  • the pricing and availability of products they deal with
  • laws regarding contracts and buying and selling of goods and services, such as the Sale of Goods Act and Commerce Act
  • electronic inventories.

Working conditions

Purchasing/supply officers:

  • work normal business hours
  • work in offices or at places where they supply goods and services  
  • may travel domestically to find suppliers.

Entry requirements

There are no specific requirements to become a purchasing/supply officer as you gain skills on the job. However, many employers prefer to hire purchasing/supply officers who have or are working towards a qualification. 

A tertiary qualification in procurement or purchasing and supply management can be useful.

University students who want to work in a government purchasing/supply role can apply for the New Zealand Government Procurement two-year graduate training programme. 

Secondary education

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but maths, accounting and business studies to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.

Personal requirements

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/supply officers includes:

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

Find out more about training

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What are the chances of getting a job?

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. 

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. 


  • Immigration New Zealand, 'Long Term Skill Shortage List', 27 May 2019, (
  • McAndrew, L, senior procurement specialist, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, interview, February 2021.
  • Todkar, V, general manager, NZPICS, interview, February 2021. 
  • Stats NZ, '2018 Census Data', 2019.

(This information is a guide only. Find out more about the sources of our job opportunities information)

Progression and specialisations

Purchasing/supply officers may move into management roles such as procurement manager. 

Purchasing/supply officers may specialise in a particular industry, such as construction or IT. 



Purchasing/supply officer with a supplier, holding an ipad and pointing at goods in a warehouse

Purchasing/supply officers check goods ordered with suppliers

Last updated 27 November 2023