Purchasing Managers

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Materials Manager, Procurement Director, Procurement Manager, Purchasing Director

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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.
  • Develop cost reduction strategies and savings plans.
  • Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.



  • management
  • accounting and economics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others


  • understanding people's reactions
  • 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



  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Ideas and Logic

  • come up with lots of ideas
  • create new and original ideas


  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Leadership
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • Microsoft Dynamics Hot Technology
  • SAP software Hot Technology In Demand

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology In Demand

Procurement software

  • Ariba Spend Management Suite
  • PurchasingNet eProcurement


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

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