Who is a Purchasing Manager?

A Purchasing Manager is One who plans, directs, or coordinates the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. This includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.

Depending on his job specification he may be called:  Materials Manager, Director of Purchasing, Commodity Manager, Director of Materials, Director of Strategic Sourcing, Procurement Manager, Procurement Officer, Purchasing Director, Purchasing Supervisor

This Occupation May Require: (Commercial Foundation); Degree; Master’s Degree; Professional Certification

Tasks, Duties, Responsibilities

  • Represents companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.
  • Directs and coordinates activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.
  • Interviews and hires staff, and oversee staff training.
  • Locates vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interviews them to determine product availability and terms of sales.
  • Prepares and processes requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.
  • Develops and implements purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Maintains records of goods ordered and received.
  • Participates in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials.
  • Analyzes market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability.
  • Resolves vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers.

Tools: Computer, Calculator or accessories, Scanner

Technology: Data base user interface and query software, Procurement software, Electronic mail software, Enterprise resource planning ERP software, Spreadsheet software, Project management software, Word processing software

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