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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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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Director of Sourcing & Corporate Strategy||Ruprecht Company||Mundelein, IL||Jan 18, 2015||$350,000|
|Director (VP) of Sourcing||Bristol Associates, Ltd||Scarsdale, NY||Oct 01, 2010||$240,000|
|Director of Sourcing||Jacob Stern & Sons, Inc.||Blue Bell, PA||Sep 17, 2016||$231,750|
|SR. Director Sourcing and Procurement||Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc.||Richfield, MN||Oct 01, 2010||$207,000|
|Director of Production and Sourcing||Five Star Apparel LLC||New York, NY||Jan 27, 2016||$204,090|
|Sourcing Director||J.C. Penney Private Brands, Inc.||Plano, TX||Oct 15, 2009||$200,000|
|Sourcing Director||J.C. Penney Private Brands, Inc.||Plano, TX||Jul 18, 2009||$200,000|
|Director of Sourcing and Trend Development||Euromarket Designs, Inc.||Northbrook, IL||Oct 01, 2010||$200,000|
|Director of Sourcing||Larose Industries, LLC||Randolph, NJ||Sep 05, 2016||$190,000|
|Director of Sourcing||Larose Industries, LLC||Randolph, NJ||May 18, 2015||$190,000|
|Director of Silicon Sourcing||Microsoft Corporation||Bellevue, WA||Nov 07, 2011||$185,000|
|Director of Sourcing & Production||Delta Galil USA Inc.||Secaucus, NJ||Jul 19, 2016||$185,000|
|Director, Sourcing & Procurement Operations||Farmers Group, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jul 20, 2015||$170,000|
|Senior Director, Sourcing||Walmart Associates Inc.||Bentonville, AR||Dec 28, 2009||$160,000|
|Director, Digital Content Sourcing & Distribution||Sears Holdings Management Corporation||Hoffman Estates, IL||Mar 01, 2010||$160,000|
|Sourcing Director for Equipment, MRO and Services||Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 06, 2013||$160,000|
|Director, R & D API Sourcing||Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.||Morgantown, WV||Jul 09, 2015||$159,827|
|Director Sugar Sourcing-Americas||Barry Callebaut USA LLC||Chicago, IL||Jun 15, 2015||$150,000|
|Director, Open Source Technology||Xperience Interactive, LLC||Santa Monica, CA||Jul 29, 2013||$150,000|
|Director, Sourcing||Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jun 18, 2016||$138,600 -
|Director, Sourcing and Production||Brown Shoe Company, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 04, 2015||$125,000|
|Director of Sourcing||Guess?, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Dec 21, 2014||$125,000|
|Director, Sourcing and Production||Brown Shoe Company, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 16, 2014||$125,000|
|Director, Sourcing||Ascena Retail Group||New Albany, OH||Jan 27, 2013||$124,000 -
|Associate Director, Sourcing||Gilead Sciences, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Nov 09, 2016||$122,200 -
|Sourcing Director||Chico's Fas, Inc.||Fort Myers, FL||Sep 26, 2010||$120,702 -
|Sourcing Director||Chico's Fas, Inc.||Forty Fort, PA||Sep 26, 2010||$120,702 -
|Director, Finished Goods Sourcing||Husqvarna Professional Products, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Feb 26, 2016||$116,355 -
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