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Career and Education Opportunities for Purchasing Managers

In general, purchasing managers plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Purchasing Manager

Purchasing Manager video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Purchasing managers manage disposal of surplus materials. They also control purchasing department budgets. Equally important, purchasing managers have to resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers. They are often called upon to analyze market and delivery systems to gauge present and future material availability. They are expected to participate in the development of requirements for equipment, products or substitute materials. Finally, purchasing managers represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.

Every day, purchasing managers are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to think through problems and come up with general rules. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.