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Purchasing (or procurement) managers buy equipment, goods and services for their company – comparing costs, quality and service to get the best value for money.


Average salaries are in the region of £36,000.00 to £55,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Purchasing (or procurement) managers buy equipment, goods and services for their company – comparing costs, quality and service to get the best value for money.

What they do

They are very good at negotiating, networking, working with figures and making good financial decisions. These skilled professionals are well-organised people who can analyse data and show good business sense. 

Typical duties include:

  • Deciding what goods, services and equipment are needed
  • Keeping an eye on stock levels
  • Researching and identifying new products and suppliers
  • Weighing up tenders from potential suppliers.
  • Ensuring that suppliers deliver on time, payments and invoices are processed and that the company keeps up with market trends

They may run a purchasing department and lead a whole team of buyers and administrators. 

Hours & Salary:

  • Newly trained Purchasing Managers can earn in the region of £21,000 - £27,000
  • Trained with experience Purchasing Managers can earn in the region of £28,000 - £42,000
  • Senior or Chartered Purchasing Managers can earn in the region of £41,000 - £51,000

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options improve with chartered status.


 

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Qualifications & Training

To be a purchasing manager in the construction industry you usually need a degree level qualification, such as BSc (Hons) in Construction Management or BSc (Hons) in Commercial Management.

A company may sponsor you to attend university through its graduate or management trainee scheme. As part of a full time degree you may choose a sandwich course, where some of your time is spent gaining experience in the industry.

Most employers expect purchasing managers to have – or be working towards – membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). 

Want to find out more?

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Looking for a vacancy?

Here are some construction vacancy websites you may find useful: 

Reed

Indeed

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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 purchasing 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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