Purchasing Managers
SOC: 11-3061.00

Description:

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Alternate Titles:

  • Buyer
  • Circuit Rider
  • Circuit Walker
  • Commissary Superintendent
  • Commodity Manager
  • Contract Administrator
  • Contract Coordinator
  • Contract Manager
  • Contracting Manager
  • Contracting Officer
  • Contracts Specialist
  • Demand Planner
  • Director of Materials
  • Director of Purchasing
  • Director of Strategic Sourcing
  • Division Merchandise Manager (DMM)
  • General Merchandise Manager
  • Import Coordinator
  • Leasing Manager
  • Livestock, Grain, Cotton and Other Farm Products Purchasing Director
  • Material Manager
  • Materials Coordinator
  • Materials Manager
  • Merchandise Director
  • Merchandise Executive
  • Merchandise Manager
  • Merchandise Planner
  • Merchandising Manager
  • Procurement Agent
  • Procurement Manager
  • Procurement Officer
  • Procurement Services Manager
  • Property and Supply Officer
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Purchasing Analyst
  • Purchasing Coordinator
  • Purchasing Director
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Purchasing Officer
  • Purchasing Supervisor
  • Sourcing Manager
  • Sourcing Specialist
  • Strategic Sourcing Manager
  • Subcontract Administrator
  • Supply Chain Manager


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Maintain records of goods ordered and received.
  • Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them to determine product availability and terms of sales.
  • Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.
  • Control purchasing department budgets.
  • Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training.
  • Review purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
  • Analyze market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability.
  • Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials.
  • Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers.
  • Represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.
  • Review, evaluate, and approve specifications for issuing and awarding bids.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.
  • Prepare bid awards requiring board approval.
  • Prepare reports regarding market conditions and merchandise costs.
  • Administer online purchasing systems.
  • Arrange for disposal of surplus materials.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 10-key calculators
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Ariba Spend Management Suite
  • Automated purchase order software
  • Bottomline Technologies Bottomline Sprinter Purchasing Manager
  • Bowen & Groves M1 ERP
  • Corel Paradox
  • Database software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Epicor Vantage ERP
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Infor Lawson Supply Chain Management
  • Inventory management software
  • Material requirement planning MRP software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oracle DBMS
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • Oracle PeopleSoft
  • Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management Solutions
  • Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Portfolio Project Management
  • Point of sale POS software
  • Purchasing software
  • PurchasingNet eProcurement
  • SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports
  • SAP software
  • Scheduling software
  • Web browser software


  • management


    industry stats

    SOC: 11-0000

    Total Employed: 6,936,990

    Average Annual Salary: $115,020