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Procurement managers find and obtain the best value services and goods needed to carry out a construction project.

Average salaries are in the region of £30,000.00 to £45,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Procurement Managers find and obtain the best value services and goods needed to carry out a construction project. 

What they do

A Procurement Manager makes key decisions on what to buy before building work can get started. They're responsible for whole projects and a team of people.

Working as a Procurement Manager, you'd have a range of responsibilities including:

  • Weighing up tenders from potential suppliers
  • Negotiating prices and agreeing contracts
  • Deciding what goods, services and equipment are needed
  • Predicting stock levels
  • Identifying new products and suppliers
  • Managing a team
  • Liaising with suppliers
  • Monitoring market trends
  • Researching and identifying new products and suppliers
  • Managing procurement teams
  • Working across departments to get the best value for the company
  • Making sure suppliers deliver on time 
  • Keeping up to date with new and emerging market trends

Hours & Salary

  • Newly trained Procurement Managers can earn in the range of £25,000 - £31,000
  • Trained with experience Procurement Managers can earn in the region of £31,000 - £52,000
  • Senior or Chartered Procurement Managers can earn in the region of £52,000 - £65,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.  Salaries and career options improve with Chartered status.


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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

For entry to a degree course, the usual minimum requirement is:

  • 2/3 A-levels or Welsh or Scottish equivalent 
  • GCSEs at grade C or above in 2/3 other subjects.

For this role, you are likely to need GCSEs in English and Maths, with grade C or above. 

Are there any alternatives?

There are alternatives to doing A-levels which include:

  • Edexcel (BTEC) Level 3 National qualifications

However, course requirements vary so you would need to check prospectuses carefully.
Some universities accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to 1 A-level.

Becoming chartered

You may become chartered in your chosen construction field or be a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Want to find out more?

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Career trends and forecasts

4,780 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 4,780 senior, executive, and business process managers (which includes procurement managers) to meet demand every year between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand is in the South West followed by Greater London. Then a  fairly even split of demand between Yorkshire and Humber, East of England, Scotland and Wales.

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