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Occupation description

Procurement officer is a commonly used term that describes someone who works full time in the field of procurement or purchasing. A procurement officer has a range of responsibilities, including: preparing and managing requests for proposals, reviewing large value purchase orders, tender writing, working with clients, and reviewing the bidding process. This role is most commonly found in large organisations with a centralised purchasing department.

Knowledge, skills and attributes

Procurement officers require a high level of individual initiative, planning and good judgement. People who enjoy working independently, are detail-oriented, and comfortable with numbers will enjoy a career in procurement. You will be a quick thinker and proficient in procurement related software including Microsoft applications, and have advanced data entry skills.

Working conditions

Procurement officers work standard office hours Monday to Friday, are office-based and require the ability to work in a fast paced environment.

Entrance requirements and ongoing training and development

This is not an entry level role and to be successful in this career you will ideally have procurement experience in a rail organisation. Most employers require a university degree, typically in business, although some universities may provide specific subjects in procurement or purchasing. Some procurement officers may come through a project management, accounting, bookkeeping, sales or administration roles.

Further training in procurement, logistics, project management, supply chain management, inventory management and quality management such as ISO accreditation would be helpful to advance in this career.

The value of a career in the rail industry

For even more details on what you might earn, the diversity of companies you could work for and the career opportunities available, visit the following careers and training websites. Careers in Rail by the Australasian Railway Association; About the Rail Industry by Rail Skills Australasia and Rail Training by the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC).

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Career paths

Your career may take many turns depending on what stage you are at in life and your personal circumstances. You may work with rail partners on large infrastructure projects. Once in the rail industry, to progress your career you will need to complete additional studies which depending on organisational and state requirements. Typically, a procurement officer would start in a role assisting the procurement manager. With experience and further studies you could become a procurement manager.

The information provided here is generic. Job titles and the experience and qualifications needed to move into other jobs may vary slightly from state to state depending on the structure and needs of your organisation, and government rules and regulations.

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Career Path Flowchart

Typical career path for a procurement officer