Career outlook for purchasing manager
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would buy the best quality equipment, goods and services for your company or organisation at the most competitive rates.
It would be your aim to save money for your company or organisation while minimising waste and environmental impact.
You would need to analyse information from suppliers to check the quality of their goods or services and the cost. You could negotiate with the suppliers to try and get a lower price.
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, stationery and cleaning services for your organisation’s offices
- Decide what goods, services and equipment your employer needs.
- Check and forecast stock levels
- Research and identify new products and suppliers
- Assess information and tenders from potential suppliers
- Negotiate prices and agree contracts
- Make sure that suppliers deliver on time
- Process payments and invoices
- Keep up with market trends
- Apply sustainable procurement practices to minimise environmental impacts of purchases and realise social benefits such as purchasing from social enterprises and small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
In larger organisations you might run a purchasing department and lead a team of buyers and administrators.
In smaller companies, you might combine purchasing responsibilities with other management duties.
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