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Purchasing Managers

Also called: Purchasing Manager, Materials Manager, Director of Purchasing, Commodity Manager

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What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.
On the job, you would:
  • Represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.
  • Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training.

Knowledge

Business
  • management
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • bringing people together to solve differences
Resource Management
  • managing your time and the time of other people
  • selecting and managing the best workers for a job

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Initiative
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Bowen & Groves M1 ERP
  • Epicor Vantage ERP
Procurement software
  • Ariba Spend Management Suite
  • Bottomline Technologies Bottomline Sprinter Purchasing Manager
Data base user interface and query software
  • Corel Paradox
  • Database software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$103,780
per year, on average
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