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