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
£ 27,270
£ 49,313
£ 108,125

Available jobs

In the past year there were 70,707 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’ representatives and visits trade fair.

  • 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’ bids.

  • 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

  • Purchasing

  • Procurement Management

  • Supply Chain

  • Strategic Procurement

  • Contract Management

  • Supplier Relationship Management

  • Category Management

  • Project Management

  • Finance

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

  • Communication

  • Negotiation

  • Leadership

  • Influencing Skills

  • Operations

  • Detail Oriented

  • Planning

  • Innovation

  • Sales

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.