Purchasing Managers and Directors

Purchasing managers and directors (not retail) plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the purchasing functions of industrial, commercial, government organisations and public agencies to ensure cost-effectiveness.


New workers
£ 26,702
£ 45,956
£ 99,673

Available jobs

In the past year there were 63,953 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Stays abreast of and ensures adherence to relevant legislation regarding tendering and procurement procedures.

  • Researches and identifies new products and suppliers.

  • Interviews suppliers.

  • Arranges for quality checks of incoming goods and ensures suppliers deliver on time.

  • Negotiates prices and contracts with suppliers and draws up contract documents.

  • Devises purchasing policies, decides on whether orders should be put out to tender and evaluates suppliers.

  • Determines what goods, services and equipment need to be sourced.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Procurement

  • Supply Chain

  • Procurement Management

  • Purchasing

  • Project Management

  • Contract Management

  • Strategic Procurement

  • Finance

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • Category Management

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Management

  • Communications

  • Negotiation

  • Planning

  • Leadership

  • Operations

  • Influencing Skills

  • Customer Service

  • Sales

  • Detail Oriented

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.