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What does a Purchasing Manager do?

Purchasing managers, also sometimes known as procurement managers, and purchasing administrators manage the buying in of goods and services for organisations. The work includes liaising with departmental managers to determine their requirements, sourcing suppliers of goods and services and negotiating contracts.

Purchasing managers will need to consider factors such as price, quality, service support and reliability when selecting suppliers. They will need to develop wide market knowledge and build up a network of contacts.

In larger organisations purchasing managers may be part of a purchasing department made up of senior and junior buyers and administrators. In a small organisation, their role may be combined with other duties and they will usually be supported by general administration staff.

What's the working environment like working as a Purchasing Manager?

Purchasing managers work 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Where deadlines must be met, hours could be longer.

The work is office-based. In some jobs managers travel to other parts of the UK and even Europe. A driving licence is essential.

What does it take to become a Purchasing Manager?

To be a purchasing manager you should:

  • be commercially aware
  • have good verbal and written communication skills
  • have good numerical skills in order to analyse figures
  • have self-confidence
  • be able to work well as a member of a team
  • have the ability to analyse and assess information
  • be well organised and methodical
  • pay attention to detail
  • have good negotiating and networking skills
  • be able to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.

Purchasing Manager Career Opportunities

Purchasing managers are employed throughout the UK by manufacturers, commercial companies, local authorities and other public bodies such as the Civil Service and the National Health Service. Large organisations have specialist buying departments. Smaller organisations might have purchasing work done by one person or just a few people.

There is a shortage of suitably qualified people for purchasing manager jobs.

Purchasing managers may become purchasing directors or heads of department. They might need to move to gain promotion.

Further information

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The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
Easton House
Easton on the Hill
Tel: 01780 756777