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Career Details :: Purchasing Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services.
A minimum of two to four years 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.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Directs and coordinates activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.
- Develops and implements office, operations, and systems instructions, policies, and procedures.
- Conducts inventory and directs buyers in purchase of products, materials, and supplies.
- Determines merchandise costs and formulates and coordinates merchandising policies and activities to ensure profit.
- Represents company in formulating policies and negotiating contracts with suppliers.
- Prepares, reviews, and processes requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.
- Analyzes market and delivery systems to determine present and future material availability.
- Prepares report regarding market conditions and merchandise costs.
- First-Line Supervisors, Administrative Support
- Management Analysts
- Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
- Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Monitoring and Controlling Resources
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing
- Information Gathering
- Management of Personnel Resources
- Judgment and Decision Making
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results
- Consequence of Error
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Coordinate or Lead Others