Purchasing managers buy equipment, goods and services for their company – comparing costs, quality and service to get the best value for money.
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
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).
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