Career outlook for procurement manager
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would source or buy the best quality goods, services or works for your organisation at the most competitive rates.
It would be your aim not only to save money but to deliver wider sustainable outcomes, including minimising waste and environmental impact and supporting ethical, diverse and future-proofed supply chains.
You would analyse information from suppliers to check the quality of their goods or services, their costs and their approach to wider sustainable outcomes.
You could negotiate with the suppliers to try and get a lower price without impacting wider sustainable outcomes, continuing to manage supplier relationships and commitments through the lifetime of the contract.
There are lots of different industries or areas you could work in, so what you'd buy would depend on your employer.
For example, you could buy:
- raw materials and engineering components for a manufacturing company
- wholesale goods from a producer to be sold by a shop
- furniture, equipment and cleaning, catering or IT services for your organisation's offices
- construction works for new or refurbished buildings
- be responsible for creating strategic plans for your organisation, allowing you the opportunity to bring forward your own ideas and leadership skills as you work with all parts of the business
- work with users and stakeholders to specify what goods, services, and works your employer needs now and in the future
- check and forecast requirements and/or stock levels
- research and identify current and emerging products and suppliers
- assess information and tenders from potential suppliers
- negotiate prices and wider commitments, agreeing contracts
- make sure that suppliers deliver on time and meet any other commitments
- ensure payments and invoices are processed
- keep up with market trends
- apply sustainable procurement practices, taking climate action and minimising environmental impacts of procurement, and realising social and economic benefits through procurement
In larger organisations, you might run a purchasing department and lead a team of category managers, buyers and administrators.
In smaller companies, you might combine purchasing responsibilities with other management duties.
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