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Become A Director Of Purchasing

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Working As A Director Of Purchasing

  • 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

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Purchasing Do

A Director Of Purchasing is responsible for the direction of the material management and purchasing function. They negotiate and execute purchase orders or vendor contracts, as needed, to support critical business needs.

How To Become A Director Of Purchasing

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 Purchasing Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    71.4%
  • Female

    26.5%
  • Unknown

    2.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.7%
  • Asian

    7.2%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    49.0%
  • French

    6.7%
  • German

    6.7%
  • Mandarin

    4.8%
  • Chinese

    4.8%
  • Italian

    3.8%
  • Portuguese

    3.8%
  • Japanese

    3.8%
  • Hindi

    1.9%
  • Russian

    1.9%
  • Carrier

    1.9%
  • Urdu

    1.9%
  • Arabic

    1.9%
  • Turkish

    1.0%
  • Marathi

    1.0%
  • Dutch

    1.0%
  • Sanskrit

    1.0%
  • Korean

    1.0%
  • Thai

    1.0%
  • Tamil

    1.0%
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Real Director Of Purchasing Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Purchasing Orleans International Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Sep 15, 2016 $265,000
Director of Purchasing, Domestic Mills Sanmar Corporation Issaquah, WA Apr 04, 2012 $250,252
Purchasing Director General Motors Company Warren, MI Jan 12, 2016 $210,600
Director, PMO & Strategic Projects, Purchasing AGCO Corporation Duluth, GA Nov 01, 2014 $207,949
Director of Purchasing Fisker Automotive and Technology Group, LLC Costa Mesa, CA Sep 20, 2015 $180,000
Director, PMO & Strategic Projects, Purchasing AGCO Corporation Duluth, GA Nov 01, 2011 $180,000
Director of Purchasing 97-10 Queens Blvd, LLC NY Nov 06, 2014 $173,971
Director of Purchasing Orleans International Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Jan 21, 2011 $160,000
Director of Purchasing Orleans International Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Sep 15, 2012 $160,000
Director of Purchasing, Americas SMR Automotive Systems USA, Inc. Marysville, MI Jan 01, 2011 $143,637
Director, Purchasing External Operations Coty Operations-A Division of Coty New York, NY Sep 08, 2011 $136,000
Director of Purchasing Sakthi Automotive Group USA Inc. Detroit, MI Aug 09, 2013 $135,000
Purchasing Director Project Social T, LLC Los Angeles, CA Dec 25, 2016 $132,829 -
$135,000
Director of Purchasing Globus Medical Inc. Audubon, PA Jan 28, 2010 $125,000
Purchasing Director Agulla International Corp. Fullerton, CA Aug 17, 2012 $119,434
Purchasing Director Puretek Corporation San Fernando, CA Jan 19, 2016 $115,981
Purchasing Director Duty Free Partners LLC Miami, FL Sep 24, 2014 $112,000
Purchasing Director-Nafta Valeo Climate Control Corp. Hamilton, OH Apr 13, 2010 $111,405
Purchasing Director TTI Floor Care North America Glenwillow, OH Jul 12, 2010 $110,000
Director, Components Purchasing Guardian Automotive Corporation Warren, MI Mar 23, 2009 $107,000
Director, Parts Lifecycle & Purchasing CNH Industrial America LLC Racine, WI Mar 09, 2016 $103,223
Director, Parts Lifecycle & Purchasing CNH Industrial America LLC Sturtevant, WI Mar 09, 2016 $103,223
Purchasing Director The Other Wine & Spirits LLC Miami, FL Jun 01, 2011 $87,838
Director of Purchasing Sugar Factory Casinos LLC Las Vegas, NV Nov 18, 2015 $86,674
Director of Purchasing The Organic Wine Company Inc. San Rafael, CA Sep 15, 2012 $86,000
Purchasing Director Caturra Coffee Corp Elmsford, NY Sep 14, 2015 $85,114
Director of Purchasing TEGS Management LLC New York, NY May 02, 2016 $85,010
Director of Purchasing Southern Recycling, LLC New Orleans, LA Sep 30, 2014 $84,000
Director of Purchasing and Logistics APC Packaging LLC Pompano Beach, FL Oct 09, 2014 $84,000
Director of Purchasing Motor Products Corporation Owosso, MI Sep 01, 2010 $82,500

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Top Skills for A Director Of Purchasing

SupplyChainNewProductDevelopmentVendorRelationsPurchaseOrdersProceduresRawMaterialsCostReductionLogisticsBuyersInventoryControlBeverageSafetyInventoryLevelsCustomerServicePolicyMROInventoryManagementContractNegotiationsAdditionalRFP

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Top Director Of Purchasing Skills

  1. Supply Chain
  2. New Product Development
  3. Vendor Relations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed global capital supply chain including order processing and fulfillment, inventory tracking and customer relations.
  • Worked closely with engineering team on new product development, installation and trouble shooting.
  • Directed vendor relationships, annual business plan with competitive positioning, and market analysis.
  • Illustrated the purchasing process from processing requisitions, request for quotations, quotes, bids, and purchase orders.
  • Helped institute policies and procedures to ensure field compliance with the programs designed in house.

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