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Working As A Director Of Materials Management

  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $109,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Materials Management Do

Purchasing managers plan, direct, and coordinate the buying of materials, products, or services for wholesalers, retailers, or organizations. They oversee the work of procurement-related occupations including buyers and purchasing agents.

Duties

Purchasing managers typically do the following:

  • Coordinate the activities of buyers and purchasing agents engaged in buying materials, equipment, or supplies for the organization
  • Supervise, hire, and train staff
  • Evaluate potential suppliers on the basis of price, quality, and speed of delivery
  • Interview vendors and visit suppliers’ plants and distribution centers to examine and learn about products, services, and prices
  • Attend meetings, trade shows, and conferences to learn about new industry trends and make contacts with suppliers
  • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other information to determine reasonable prices
  • Negotiate contracts on behalf of their organization
  • Work out agreements with suppliers, such as when products will be delivered
  • Meet with staff and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action
  • Ensure that vendors and suppliers comply with the terms and conditions of the contract and, if they don’t, determine the need for changes

Purchasing managers plan and coordinate the work of buyers and purchasing agents and hire and train new staff.

Purchasing managers, sometimes known as contract managers, are also responsible for developing their organization’s procurement policies and procedures. These policies help ensure that procurement professionals are meeting ethical standards to avoid potential conflicts of interest or inappropriate supplier and customer relations.

Besides establishing procurement standards, purchasing managers set guidelines on how often their department will get price quotes for items, how many bids to accept, and which vendors to consider.

In addition to carrying out their managerial and administrative responsibilities, purchasing managers buy goods and services for their organization or institution. Like buyers and purchasing agents, purchasing managers negotiate contracts and consider price, quality, availability, reliability, and technical support when identifying and choosing suppliers and merchandise. Their negotiations and contracts are typically more complex than those carried out by buyers and purchasing agents.

Purchasing managers must study their organization’s sales records and inventory levels of current stock, identify foreign and domestic suppliers, and keep up to date with changes affecting both the supply of, and demand for, products and materials.

Purchasing managers use many resources to find out all they can about potential suppliers. They attend meetings, trade shows, and conferences to learn about new industry trends and to make contacts with suppliers.

Before signing a contract and placing an order, purchasing managers must make certain that the supplier can deliver the desired goods or services on time, in the correct quantities, and without sacrificing quality. Purchasing managers monitor the terms of the contracts in order to ensure that the supplier is complying with its terms and conditions and resolve any supplier-related issues that arise.

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How To Become A Director Of Materials Management

Purchasing managers need a bachelor’s degree and work experience as a buyer or purchasing agent.

Education

Purchasing managers usually have at least a bachelor’s degree and some work experience in procurement. A master’s degree may be required for advancement to some top-level purchasing manager jobs.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Purchasing managers typically must have at least 5 years of experience as a buyer or purchasing agent. At the top levels, purchasing manager duties may overlap with other management functions, such as production, planning, logistics, and marketing.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

There are several certifications available for purchasing managers and others employed in a procurement-related field. Although some employers require certification, many do not.

Most of the certifications involve oral or written exams and have education and work experience requirements.

The Institute for Supply Management offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) credential, which covers a wide scope of purchasing professional duties. To receive the CPSM credential, candidates must pass three exams and possess at least 3 years of relevant work experience for those with a bachelor’s degree or 5 years of relevant work experience for those without a bachelor’s degree.

The American Purchasing Society offers the Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) and the Certified Professional Purchasing Manager (CPPM) credentials. Certification is valid for 5 years. Candidates must earn a certain number of professional development “points” to renew their certification. Candidates initially become eligible, and can renew their certification, through a combination of purchasing-related experience, education, and professional contributions (such as articles published or speeches delivered).

APICS, founded as the American Production and Inventory Control Society, offers the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential. Applicants must have 3 years of related business experience or a bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible for the CSCP credential, which is valid for 5 years. Candidates must also earn a certain number of professional development points to renew their certification.

The Next Level Purchasing Association offers the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) certification. Although there are no education or work experience requirements, applicants must complete six online courses and pass an SPSM exam. Certification is valid for 4 years. Candidates must complete 32 continuing education hours in procurement-related topics to recertify for an additional 4-year period.

The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) offers two certifications for workers in federal, state, and local government. The Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential requires applicants to have earned at least an associate’s degree, to have at least 3 years of public procurement experience, and to complete relevant training courses. The Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) requires applicants to have earned a bachelor’s degree, to have at least 5 years of public procurement experience, and to complete additional training courses.

Those with the CPPB or the CPPO designation must renew their certification every 5 years by completing continuing education courses or attending procurement-related conferences or events.

The National Institute of Government Purchasing’s (NIGP’s) Institute for Public Procurement offers preparation courses for the UPPCC certification exams.

Advancement

An experienced and qualified purchasing manager may advance to become the chief procurement officer for a business or organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. When evaluating suppliers, purchasing managers must analyze their options and choose a supplier with the best combination of price, quality, delivery, service, or other criteria. 

Decisionmaking skills. Purchasing managers must have the ability to make informed and timely decisions, choosing products that they think will sell. 

Math skills. Purchasing managers must possess basic math skills. They must be able to compare prices from different suppliers to ensure that their organization is getting the best deal. 

Negotiating skills. Purchasing managers often must negotiate the terms of a contract with a supplier. Interpersonal skills and self-confidence, in addition to knowledge of the product, can help lead to successful negotiation.

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Director Of Materials Management Career Paths

Director Of Materials Management
Vice President
Senior Vice President
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Director
Supply Chain Vice President
17 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Supply Chain Management
Senior Director
13 Yearsyrs
Director, Procurement
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Corporate Director
Chief Finance Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
National Director
10 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Pharmacist
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Logistics Director
Director Of Distribution
11 Yearsyrs
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Support Services
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Support Services
9 Yearsyrs
President
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Administrative Director
Administration Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Administrative Services Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$109,000
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$66,000
Min 10%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$180,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
DaVita
Highest Paying City
Fargo, ND
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a Director Of Materials Management make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director Of Materials Management in the United States is $109,785 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $66,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $180,000.

Real Director Of Materials Management Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Materials Management (Supply Chain) Shaw Services, LLC Baton Rouge, LA Oct 13, 2016 $138,486
SAP Materials Management/Warehouse Management Cons Ids Scheer Americas, Inc. Berwyn, PA Jan 05, 2010 $118,000
SAP Material Management Stefanini, Inc. Moon, PA Sep 08, 2014 $117,000
Director of Materials Management (Supply Chain) Shaw Services LLC Baton Rouge, LA Jul 06, 2015 $100,984 -
$115,000
Director of Materials Management (Supply Chain) Shaw Services LLC Baton Rouge, LA Jun 29, 2015 $98,000 -
$115,000
Materials Project Management Applied Materials, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 28, 2016 $96,866
Materials Project Management Applied Materials, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 30, 2014 $96,824 -
$115,700
Materials Management-Erp Configuration & Support H&E Equipment Services, Inc. Baton Rouge, LA Nov 29, 2013 $85,000
Materials Project Management Applied Materials, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 24, 2014 $83,447 -
$115,700
Materials Project Management Applied Materials, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 19, 2015 $81,566 -
$117,100

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Top Skills for A Director Of Materials Management

  1. Materials Management
  2. Inventory Control
  3. Production Planning
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  • Structured the entire purchasing, materials management and distribution departments within a newly formed 100 bed acute-care/trauma hospital.
  • Supervised manufacturing, inventory control, purchasing and distribution-installed MRPII System for USDA plant.
  • Order processing has been integrated into materials management for better interface with inventory availability, production planning, and shipment.
  • Managed inventory levels, expense distribution and provided stewardship in standardization and contract compliance.
  • Performed periodic reviews on purchase orders to uphold quality assurance and accurate processing.

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Director Of Materials Management Demographics

Gender

Male

63.8%

Female

25.0%

Unknown

11.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.0%

Portuguese

4.0%

German

4.0%

French

4.0%

Hmong

4.0%

Icelandic

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Dari

2.0%

Italian

2.0%
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Director Of Materials Management Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.8%

Community College of the Air Force

7.3%

Michigan State University

6.0%

The Academy

4.8%

University of Houston

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

Purdue University

4.0%

Youngstown State University

4.0%

Western Michigan University

4.0%

Auburn University

3.6%

Webster University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Houston Community College

3.6%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.6%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.2%

Arizona State University

3.2%

Texas State University

3.2%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

2.8%

George Washington University

2.8%

Middle Tennessee State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

47.1%

Management

6.8%

Supply Chain Management

6.5%

Accounting

5.3%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Finance

3.6%

Computer Science

2.9%

Marketing

2.6%

Nursing

2.3%

General Studies

2.0%

Education

2.0%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Operations Management

1.7%

Pharmacy

1.7%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Medical Technician

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Human Resources Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.8%

Masters

22.1%

Other

21.6%

Associate

10.8%

Certificate

5.5%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.2%
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