Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
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.