Purchasing Managers ·  Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.

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Occupational Tasks ·  Maintain records of goods ordered and received.
· Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them to determine product availability and terms of sales.
· Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.
· Control purchasing department budgets.
· Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training.
· Review purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
· Analyze market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability.
· Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.
· Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials.
· Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers.

Educational Requirements: ·  Bachelor's or higher plus work experience

Occupational Skill Set
Skill Relevance
·  Critical Thinking 76%
·  Active Listening 76%
·  Judgment and Decision Making 74%
·  Active Learning 73%
·  Reading Comprehension 73%
·  Management of Material Resources 71%
·  Negotiation 70%
·  Mathematics 67%
·  Time Management 65%
·  Operations Analysis 64%