Purchasing managers buy equipment, goods and services for their company – comparing costs, quality and service to get the best value for money.
The Role
  • Deciding what goods, services and equipment are needed
  • Keeping an eye on stock levels
  • Researching and identifying new products and suppliers
  • Weighing up tenders from potential suppliers.
  • Ensuring that suppliers deliver on time, payments and invoices are processed and that the company keeps up with market trends
  • Negotiating, networking, working with figures and making good financial decisions
  • Newly trained Purchasing Managers can earn in the region of £25,000 - £30,000
  • Trained with experience Purchasing Managers can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
  • Senior or Chartered Purchasing Managers can earn in the region of £40,000 - £55,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
Qualifications & Training
To be a purchasing manager in the construction industry you usually need a degree level qualification, such as BSc (Hons) in Construction Management or BSc (Hons) in Commercial Management. A company may sponsor you to attend university through its graduate or management trainee scheme. As part of a full time degree you may choose a sandwich course, where some of your time is spent gaining experience in the industry. Most employers expect purchasing managers to have – or be working towards – membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).