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Purchasing managers and directors

£10,920 Average salary at age 20
£57,720 Average Salary
35 Average hours per week


Purchasing managers and directors (not retail) plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the purchasing functions of industrial, commercial, government organisations and public agencies to ensure cost-effectiveness.

Main Tasks

  • Determines what goods, services and equipment need to be sourced;
  • Devises purchasing policies, decides on whether orders should be put out to tender and evaluates suppliers’ bids;
  • Negotiates prices and contracts with suppliers and draws up contract documents;
  • Arranges for quality checks of incoming goods and ensures suppliers deliver on time;
  • Interviews suppliers’ representatives and visits trade fairs;
  • Researches and identifies new products and suppliers;
  • Stays abreast of and ensures adherence to relevant legislation regarding tendering and procurement procedures.


Although not restricted to a particular qualification, entry is most common with A levels/H grades, a BTEC/SQA award, S/NVQs at level 3 or above, or a degree or equivalent qualification. Off- and on-the-job training is provided and professional qualifications are available. Chartered status may also be achieved.

What Purchasing managers and directors studied in higher education

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What Purchasing managers and directors studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics2
(L3) Sociology1
(C1) Biology1
(H3) Mechanical engineering5
(F1) Chemistry1
(R2) German studies1
(H4) Aerospace engineering2
(F6) Geology1
(W8) Imaginative writing1
(Q3) English studies3
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering1
(L2) Politics2
(K2) Building1
(K1) Architecture1
(H1) General engineering1
(R1) French studies1
(N5) Marketing1
(M2) Law by topic2
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport4
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(H7) Production & manufacturing engineering1
(L1) Economics6
(K3) Landscape & garden design1
(T7) American studies1
(N1) Business studies22
(D6) Food & beverage studies1
(V6) Theology & religious studies2
(N4) Accounting2
(C6) Sport & exercise science2
(N2) Management studies20
(V1) History by period1
(N3) Finance3
(Q8) Classical studies1

UK Prospects

93300 Workforce Size
6.20% Predicted growth 2022 - 2027
12039 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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