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NOC 1524 – Purchasing and inventory control workers

To apply under NOC-1524 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Purchasing and inventory control workers.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Purchasing and inventory control workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Review requisition orders for accuracy and verify that materials, equipment and stock are not available from current inventories
  • Source and obtain price quotations from catalogues and suppliers and prepare purchase orders
  • Calculate cost of orders and charge or forward invoices to appropriate accounts
  • Process purchases within purchasing authority
  • Contact suppliers to schedule deliveries and to resolve shortages, missed deliveries and other problems
  • Prepare and maintain purchasing files, reports and price lists.

Inventory control workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Monitor inventory levels as materials, equipment and stock are issued, transferred within an establishment or sold to the public using manual or computerized inventory systems
  • Compile inventory reports, recording the quantity, type and value of materials, equipment and stock on hand, using manual or computerized inventory systems
  • Prepare requisition orders to replenish materials, equipment and stock
  • Maintain stock rotation and dispose of and account for outdated stock
  • Enter data for production scheduling, stock replenishment/relocation and inventory adjustments
  • Reconcile physical inventories with computer counts.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Purchasing and inventory control workers. 

NOC 1524 – Purchasing and inventory control workers: example titles.

  • equipment inventory clerk
  • food and beverage control clerk – inventory
  • food controller – inventory
  • inventory analyst
  • inventory auditor
  • inventory clerk
  • inventory control clerk
  • inventory planner
  • invoice and purchase order checker
  • invoice control clerk
  • liquor controller – inventory
  • permanent inventory clerk
  • printing plates order clerk
  • procurement clerk
  • purchase order clerk
  • purchasing clerk
  • purchasing clerk assistant
  • purchasing control clerk
  • ship supply clerk
  • supply clerk

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Courses in purchasing management may be required for purchasing clerks.
  • Courses in production and inventory management and ability to operate a computerized inventory system may be required for inventory clerks.

Additional Information

  • The duties of purchasing and inventory clerks may overlap in some establishments.
  • Progression to supervisory positions or more senior occupations such as purchasing agent or retail buyer is possible with additional training or experience.


  • Purchasing agents and officers (1225)
  • Retail and wholesale buyers (6222)
  • Storekeepers and partspersons (1522)
  • Supervisors of purchasing and inventory clerks (in 1215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations)

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