Purchasing Manager Career Guide

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Real-Life Purchasing Manager Job Profiles

Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Purchasing Manager field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33974BuyerFemale44 $30,000spring hill, FL01/01/2010
33857Contract SpecialistFemale29 $75,000Voorhees, NY01/01/2010
32940Procurement Card AdministratorMale47 $46,000Amite, LA01/01/2010
32424BuyerFemale38 $49,000Plantation, FL01/01/2010
32405Sr. Media Buyer/PlannerFemale26 $41,500Dallas, TX01/01/2010


Purchasing managers are responsible for buying the best quality equipment, goods and services at the most competitive prices. They can work in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing and retailing.

The main responsibilities of a purchasing manager include developing and implementing purchasing strategies, managing daily purchasing activities, supervising staff, managing supplier relations, negotiating contracts and prices, ensuring all procured items meet the required quality standards and specifications and managing budgets.

To become a purchasing manager, you will firstly need to complete a degree in business administration or a related field. You will then need experience in the purchasing field, and/or in other supervisory or management roles before you can land that first job. The advanced work experience and continuing education and learning can be an off-putting factor for a career as a purchasing manager. What is more, is that you can often work long hours, especially when you are new to the role.

However, a purchasing manager receives a fairly high salary, making the long hours and training worth it! It is also a very flexible role as purchasing managers jobs are available in many industries and in many geographic locations. There are also excellent ravel opportunities for purchasing managers.

Successful purchasing managers are those who have excellent verbal and written communicators. They are comfortable with negotiation, can think critically, are able to lead teams, work independently and be organized and reliable. If this sounds like you, and you are looking for a managerial type career that has lots of opportunities, then look no further.

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