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What is a Purchasing Manager?

Position Description Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.

Life As a Purchasing Manager

  • Arrange for disposal of surplus materials.
  • Analyze market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability.
  • Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training.
  • Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them to determine product availability and terms of sales.
  • Prepare bid awards requiring board approval.
  • Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Purchasing Manager?

When polled, Purchasing Managers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Types of Purchasing Manager Jobs

  • Property and Supply Officer
  • Merchandise Planner
  • Merchandise Director
  • Purchasing Supervisor
  • Strategic Sourcing Manager

Job Outlook for Purchasing Managers

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 73,900 jobs in the United States for Purchasing Manager. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 5.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,000 new jobs for Purchasing Manager by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 6,300 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Purchasing Manager are Utah, Washington, and North Dakota. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, Vermont, or South Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Purchasing Manager Salary

The typical yearly salary for Purchasing Managers is somewhere between $69,860 and $187,060.

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Purchasing Managers who work in New Jersey, District of Columbia, or Maryland, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Purchasing Managers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $106,940
Alaska $106,570
Arizona $105,780
Arkansas $111,940
California $141,400
Colorado $144,090
Connecticut $124,680
District of Columbia $141,150
Florida $112,840
Georgia $125,290
Hawaii $108,870
Idaho $97,830
Illinois $114,710
Indiana $99,960
Iowa $101,980
Kansas $104,740
Kentucky $112,350
Louisiana $92,720
Maine $102,050
Maryland $136,630
Massachusetts $129,320
Michigan $119,020
Minnesota $119,160
Mississippi $96,400
Missouri $133,990
Montana $102,830
Nebraska $104,240
Nevada $107,160
New Hampshire $127,540
New Jersey $164,910
New Mexico $110,480
New York $147,470
North Carolina $118,710
North Dakota $133,280
Ohio $123,440
Oklahoma $102,170
Oregon $106,550
Pennsylvania $126,760
Rhode Island $134,220
South Carolina $105,130
South Dakota $139,200
Tennessee $105,260
Texas $133,010
Utah $102,250
Vermont $102,190
Virginia $135,600
Washington $134,480
West Virginia $132,930
Wisconsin $106,180
Wyoming $102,770

Tools & Technologies Used by Purchasing Managers

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Purchasing Managers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • SAP
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Oracle PeopleSoft
  • Scheduling software
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Qlik Tech QlikView
  • NetSuite ERP
  • Oracle PeopleSoft Financials

Becoming a Purchasing Manager

What education is needed to be a Purchasing Manager?

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Purchasing Manager?

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Where Purchasing Managers Are Employed

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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