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.
Common tasks in this job:
- 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.
What qualifications do I need?
Although 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.
Supply Chain Leader Courses
- BSc Logistics and Operations Management Level 6 Bachelors Degree
- Supply Chain Management (Professional Practice) BSc Level 6 Degree apprenticeship