Let's say there's a school club. There's a person in charge of ordering/buying things for the club. What would you call this person's role?

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    Did you look up buyer? Purchaser, purchasing agent (in a larger organization).
    – Xanne
    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:31
  • Consider bursar - collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/bursar - this may be specific to BrEng though. Aug 9, 2017 at 8:15
  • @MaxWilliams - In the US "bursar" is generally taken to mean "head accountant", and it's use is limited to colleges and similar institutions.
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 9, 2017 at 11:43

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Most clubs that I've known assigned such a role to the person responsible for the funds, so "treasurer" is quite common.

"Purchaser" and "buyer" are another clear approach. I've only seen these as roles in a business context, but a club certainly could use the terms and be clearly understood.

  • treasurer is most often used for clubs, as they look after the money coming in and going out, so nothing would get bought without them.
    – gabe3886
    Aug 9, 2017 at 12:40
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    +1 for Purchaser. Also Purchasing Agent. Both typically used when referring to a business, though, not a club.
    – bendl
    Aug 9, 2017 at 12:56
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    You know what? I'll add that.
    – The Nate
    Aug 9, 2017 at 16:16

For clubs or societies, you should research the role of the quartermaster. This might come closest to the duties and responsibilities you describe. Also used widely in organisations like scouts and guides.

Ref e.g. https://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Quartermaster

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    Quartermaster is a cool word, and the origin of the codename Q, for the person who supplies James Bond with cars and gadgets. I don't know if they usually do the actual buying though. Aug 9, 2017 at 8:14
  • "Quartermaster" is usually used in a military context.
    – Casey
    Aug 9, 2017 at 13:50
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    It's true that it's used most often in a military context, but it fits beautifully.
    – The Nate
    Aug 9, 2017 at 16:15

A person that helps to buy things could be "an advisor".

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