It is likely that successful purchasing managers will be an ESTJ personality type. ENTJ’s, or otherwise known as ‘the executive’ are decisive, confident and firm. They are sticklers for productivity and are eager to take charge and ensure things done correctly. They also like to work in a logical and methodical way. All of these qualities are suited to a purchasing manager, who is in charge of a team and must be able to make confident decisions using logic.
Accomplishment and mastery
The only way to become a purchasing manager is to first achieve a bachelor’s degree and then through hard work, dedication and graft in the purchasing field. Therefore, when a purchasing manager finally secures the role, after a period of time in a buyer or purchasing agent position, they will feel a high sense of accomplishment and mastery. Furthermore, when purchasing managers successful negotiate contracts and secure high quality products for the best possible price (which should be quite often!), purchasing managers will continue to feel a high sense of accomplishment.
Meaning and contribution
Purchasing managers play a very important role in businesses. Although their work won’t save the lives of thousands of starving children, it will ensure that businesses can cut costs and that suppliers get a fair deal. Therefore, from a business perspective, there is high meaning and contribution in a purchasing manager role.
Most purchasing managers will work full time. They may often find themselves working overtime and long hours, as well as travelling. Therefore, it can sometimes provide a difficult life fit.
Who will thrive in this career?
If you are an incredibly organized, decisive and confident, then you will do well as a purchasing manager. You should enjoy (and be REALLY good at) leading teams – as the key part of a purchasing managerial job is to oversee the work of buyers and agents.
A good business mindset will help you to thrive as a purchasing manager, as this means you will always be working with the companies best interests at the forefront of your mind. A good eye for numbers will also allow you to thrive as a purchasing manager, as you will need to develop and adhere to budgets. Typically, attention to detail and impeccable negotiation skills will allow you to thrive as a purchasing manager. This is because purchasing managers will need to check the quality of products, which requires noticing even the smallest of details. They will also need to ensure contracts are correct and negotiate prices and deals.
Who will struggle in this career?
Those who do cannot confidently make decisions may struggle, as purchasing managers will spend a lot of their time deciding which suppliers and/or products to go for. They only have a limited budget, and they must be convinced they have made the right choice. Similarly, purchasing managers must be confident when leading and directing a team. Therefore, if you are not a natural team leader and don’t feel that you could delegate tasks or mentor others, you will struggle as a purchasing manager.
Similarly, those who are not willing to work hard in a lower role first, will struggle with the experience and hard work needed to become a purchasing manager. Finally, those who do not pay attention to detail or who do not have a business mindset may struggle to spot high quality products and negotiate the best deals.