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Working As A Senior Manager, Procurement

  • 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

  • $113,131

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Manager, Procurement 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 Senior Manager, Procurement

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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Senior Manager, Procurement Career Paths

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Director, Procurement Supply Chain Director
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
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Senior Operations Manager Director Of Distribution Supply Chain Manager
Global Procurement Manager
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Director, Procurement Operations Vice President Supply Chain Director
Global Supply Chain Director
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Senior Purchasing Manager Director Of Purchasing Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
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Contracts Director Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Manager
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Senior Category Manager Director Of Purchasing Planner/Buyer
Manager Of Purchasing & Materials
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Senior Category Manager
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Operations Director Vice President Of Manufacturing Purchasing Manager
Senior Sourcing Manager
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Operations Director Contractor/Consultant Contracts Administrator
Subcontracts Manager
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Director Of Supply Chain Management Logistics Director Supply Chain Consultant
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Supply Chain Management Managing Director Supply Chain Manager
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9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager-Supply Chain Manager Logistics Director Supply Chain Consultant
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Average Length of Employment
Purchasing Manager 4.6 years
Procurement Agent 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Senior Buyer 12.2%
Buyer 9.9%
Manager 3.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.7%
Director 3.4%
Buyer 3.0%

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Senior Manager, Procurement Demographics

Gender

Male

71.8%

Female

27.2%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

3.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.0%

Mandarin

18.2%

French

16.4%

Chinese

12.7%

German

10.9%

Portuguese

5.5%

Italian

3.6%

Japanese

1.8%

Norwegian

1.8%

Carrier

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%
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Senior Manager, Procurement Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.5%

Michigan State University

10.0%

Arizona State University

6.3%

San Jose State University

6.3%

Villanova University

5.6%

San Diego State University

5.0%

Bowling Green State University

4.4%

Purdue University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

Pepperdine University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.8%

University of San Francisco

3.1%

Webster University

3.1%

Georgetown University

3.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.1%

Regis University

3.1%

University of Dayton

3.1%

Duke University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

44.9%

Management

8.7%

Finance

7.1%

Supply Chain Management

6.4%

Accounting

4.0%

Marketing

3.3%

Law

3.3%

International Business

2.5%

Political Science

2.4%

Project Management

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering

2.1%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Economics

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.6%

Computer Science

1.2%

Psychology

1.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.0%

Business Economics

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.1%

Masters

37.0%

Other

12.6%

Doctorate

3.5%

Certificate

2.9%

Associate

2.6%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Senior Manager, Procurement Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager, Coal Bulk Commodities Castor Americas Inc. Houston, TX Sep 16, 2010 $175,000 -
$225,000
SR. Commodity Manager Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 24, 2011 $150,800
Senior Manager, Silicon Procurement Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2010 $150,000 -
$250,000
Senior Manager, Procurement Verint Systems Inc. Melville, NY Dec 11, 2015 $147,181
Senior Commodity Manager Grass Valley USA, LLC Hillsboro, OR Sep 14, 2015 $144,200
Senior Manager, Procure To Pay (P2P) Mylan Inc. Canonsburg, PA Nov 21, 2016 $143,853
Senior Commodity Manager A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 05, 2014 $140,000
Senior Commodity Manager Grass Valley USA, LLC Hillsboro, OR Sep 09, 2014 $140,000
Senior Manager, Global IS Procurement Mondelez Global LLC Deerfield, IL Apr 04, 2013 $138,510
Senior Commodity Managers Belden, Inc. Hillsboro, OR Sep 19, 2016 $137,000 -
$147,000
SR. Commodity Manager-Oleo Chemicals Stepan Company Northbrook, IL Dec 09, 2016 $135,588
Senior Manager, Procurement/Sourcing Coach, Inc.-Immigration New York, NY Sep 01, 2012 $135,000
Senior Procurement Manager Kraft Foods Global, Inc. Northfield, IL Apr 15, 2011 $135,000
Senior Procurement Manager Nalco Company Houston, TX May 12, 2014 $135,000
SR. Manager, US NPR Procurement Cymer LLC San Diego, CA Sep 23, 2016 $125,190 -
$145,190
Senior Procurement Manager Amazon Fulfillment Services Seattle, WA Dec 01, 2010 $119,600
SR. Segment Commodity Manager JLG Industries, Inc. Hagerstown, MD Jun 25, 2015 $117,541
Senior Manager, Sourcing and Procurement Newmont Mining Corporation Elko, NV Aug 02, 2010 $115,255 -
$130,000
Senior Manager, Procure To Pay (P2P) Mylan Inc. Canonsburg, PA Jul 22, 2015 $113,743
Senior Commodity Manager Plantronics, Inc. Santa Cruz, CA Mar 06, 2010 $112,767
Senior Manager, Deputy Director Procurement Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Dec 01, 2014 $112,715 -
$195,000
Senior Commodity Manager Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. Fort Collins, CO Aug 27, 2014 $110,906 -
$115,000
Senior Manager, Global Risk & Commodities The AES Corporation Arlington, VA Apr 30, 2010 $98,030 -
$128,300
Procurement Senior Manager Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Sep 28, 2009 $97,200
Procurement Senior Manager Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Mar 26, 2010 $97,200
Procurement Senior Manager Citibank N.A. New York, NY Mar 15, 2010 $97,200
Senior Procurement Manager Mobile Hi-Tech Wheels, Inc. Garden Grove, CA Aug 31, 2010 $97,000
Senior Commodity Manager Honeywell International Inc. Golden Valley, MN Jan 26, 2012 $96,047

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Top Skills for A Senior Manager, Procurement

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  1. Supply Base
  2. Cost Savings
  3. Product Quality
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  • Integrated industry standard quality auditing procedures to enhance current supply base and drove development of alternate/equivalent sources.
  • Accepted responsibility for capital equipment procurement and promptly secured cost savings of $125 thousand by combining present and future requirements.
  • Maintained procurement records such as items or services purchased, costs, delivery, product quality or performance and inventories.
  • Advised key procurement executives of the corporation's subsidiaries on strategy development, implementation, and management of their commodity risks.
  • Maximized contributions to operating profit and business objectives through contract negotiations, strategic supplier selection, and demand pooling.

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