Purchasing ManagerJob Description:
Purchasing managers buy equipment, goods and services for their company.Job Category:
What you will do:
- decide what goods, services and equipment are needed
- forecast stock or service levels and identify potential cost savings
- research and find new products and suppliers
- assess tenders from potential suppliers
- present any legal or commercial risks to senior leadership teams
- negotiate prices and agree contracts
- monitor the performance of contracted suppliers
- make sure staff follow purchasing procedures correctly
- keep up to date with market trends
- maths knowledge
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
There is no set entry route to become a purchasing manager but it may be useful to get a relevant foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:
- business studies
- purchasing and logistics
- purchasing and supply
- supply chain management
You could start as a trainee purchasing manager through an advanced Procurement and supply assistant apprenticeship.
You could also do a Commercial procurement and supply higher apprenticeship.
You could start by working as an administrator or assistant in a company’s purchasing department. You could work your way up as you get more experience.
You can apply directly for jobs if you have several years’ experience in purchasing. If you have a degree you can join a procurement graduate management scheme.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 38-40 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings occasionally.
You could work in an office.
Career Path & Progression:
You can improve your career prospects with a qualification.