Predominantly a nuclear energy producer, France has very few natural energy resources, and its energy sector is primarily focused on electricity generation. However, France is a major importer of oil, which accounted for 65% of total net imports in 2004, from such key fossil-fuel suppliers as Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation. The country's natural gas supply has grown steadily, with resources coming into the country from Europe, North Africa and Russia. Headquartered in Paris, Total S.A. is the fifth largest publicly traded oil and gas company in the world and is a significant international offshore player.
Purchasing is a functional group that is responsible for strategic sourcing and procurement of materials and services required by business operations. They make sure purchases are made at the best price and terms. Typical jobs within the purchasing department include procurement officer, buyer, purchaser, and purchasing / procurement manager.