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Purchasing Managers

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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.

    Work Activities
    • Represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.
    • Develop cost reduction strategies and savings plans.
    • Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.
    • Prepare bid awards requiring board approval.
    • Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.
    • Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them to determine product availability and terms of sales.
    • Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training.
    • Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.
    • Review, evaluate, and approve specifications for issuing and awarding bids.
    • Review purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
    • Control purchasing department budgets.
    • Administer online purchasing systems.
    • Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers.
    • Maintain records of goods ordered and received.
    • Analyze market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability.
    • Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products, or substitute materials.
    • Prepare reports regarding market conditions and merchandise costs.
    • Arrange for disposal of surplus materials.
    Skills
    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Fluency of Ideas

      The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge
    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Economics and Accounting

      Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $114,620/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $55.10/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,520
    • Yearly Projected Openings 220
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Leadership
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    Tools
    • Personal computers
    • Desktop computers
    • Desktop calculator
    Technology
    • Project management software
    • Procurement software
    • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.