Purchasing managers and directors
Average Annual Pay
Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017
Average Weekly Hours
Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015
Labour Force Survey 2018
Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)
Purchasing managers and directors (not retail) plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the purchasing functions of industrial, commercial, government organisations and public agencies to ensure cost-effectiveness.
QualificationsAlthough not restricted to a particular qualification, entry is most common with A levels/H grades, a BTEC/SQA award, S/NVQs at level 3 or above, or a degree or equivalent qualification. Off- and on-the-job training is provided and professional qualifications are available. Chartered status may also be achieved.
- determines what goods, services and equipment need to be sourced;
- devises purchasing policies, decides on whether orders should be put out to tender and evaluates suppliers’ bids;
- negotiates prices and contracts with suppliers and draws up contract documents;
- arranges for quality checks of incoming goods and ensures suppliers deliver on time;
- interviews suppliers’ representatives and visits trade fairs;
- researches and identifies new products and suppliers;
- stays abreast of and ensures adherence to relevant legislation regarding tendering and procurement procedures.
Common job titles
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