Purchasing Manager

Purchasing Managers plan, direct, and coordinate the buying of materials, products, or services for the clean energy plant. They oversee the work of procurement-related occupations such as buyers and purchasing agents.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

A Purchasing Manager is negotiating a contract with a vendor to supply the company with chemicals to produce its wastewater remediation products for the next year. The Purchasing Manager has already sorted through multiple supplier suggestions created from the team of purchasing agents and is now ensuring that this vendor will provide the materials at a reasonable price and delivery schedule.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.
  • Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them to determine product availability and terms of sales.
  • Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Analyze market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Commodity Manager, Director of Materials, Director of Purchasing, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Materials Manager, Procurement Manager, Procurement Officer

MEDIAN PAY SRC

$111,590

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree (recommended), Certified Professional in Supply Management certificate (recommended), Certified Purchasing Professional (recommended), Certified Supply Chain Professional (recommended), Senior Professional in Supply Management certification (recommended)

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

5+ years

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Analytical Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Time Management, Organizational Skills, Math Skills, Negotiating Skills, Decision Making Skills, Writing Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Financial Manager, Sales Manager, Accounting Managers