Graduate Job Profile - Purchasing Manager

Purchasing managers are responsible for managing the buying of goods and services for organisations. They will typically determine the needs of the various departments through internal communications and source suppliers of goods and services. They will then invite suppliers to bid for the business known as inviting tenders.

The purchasing manager will evaluate all of the bids and negotiate with a chosen supplier to gain the best deal for their company. It is possible to gain a professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and some employers prefer candidates to have this.

Training is often combined with study for CIPS qualifications. Purchasing managers are employed in the manufacturing sector, for commercial companies, local authorities and other public bodies including the Civil Service and the National Health Service.

Graduates going into purchasing can expect to earn around £14,000 - £16,000. Purchasing managers will earn between £20,000 - £30,000 a year depending on experience. Senior purchasing managers and purchasing directors will earn over £50,000.

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