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Purchasing Managers

Also Known as: Commodity Manager, Procurement Manager, Sourcing Manager, Purchasing Supervisor, Purchasing Director, Senior Buyer

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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.

Top Skills for this Job

  • Coordination
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Time Management
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Monitoring

Top Tasks for this Job

  • Maintain records of goods ordered and received.
  • Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them to determine product availability and terms of sales.
  • Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.
  • Control purchasing department budgets.
  • Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training.
  • Review purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
  • Analyze market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability.
  • Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials.
  • Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers.
  • Represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.
  • Review, evaluate, and approve specifications for issuing and awarding bids.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.
  • Prepare reports regarding market conditions and merchandise costs.
  • Administer online purchasing systems.

Top Education for this Job

  • Administration and Management
  • English Language
  • Production and Processing
  • Mathematics
  • Law and Government
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Transportation
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Personnel and Human Resources

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