Purchasing Manager

Purchasing manager

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


The Role

  • 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
  • Negotiating, networking, working with figures and making good financial decisions

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.


Qualifications and 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).


Vacancies

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Find out more

For information on the Purchasing Manager role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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