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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|
|SR. Sourcing Manager||A.T. Kearney, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 09, 2016||$177,500|
|SR. Sourcing Manager||A.T. Kearney, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Mar 09, 2016||$177,500|
|SR. Sourcing Manager||A.T. Kearney, Inc.||Boston, MA||Mar 09, 2016||$177,500|
|SR. Sourcing Manager||A.T. Kearney, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Mar 09, 2016||$177,500|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||A.T. Kearney, Inc.||Southfield, MI||Sep 02, 2015||$172,500|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||A.T. Kearney, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 02, 2015||$172,500|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||A.T. Kearney, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Sep 02, 2015||$172,500|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||A.T. Kearney, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 02, 2015||$172,500|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||Box, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Jun 13, 2016||$170,685|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Aug 07, 2016||$169,200|
|Senior Sourcing Manager, Vendor Management||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||San Bruno, CA||Oct 13, 2015||$165,420|
|Senior Technology Sourcing Manager||T-Mobile USA, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Oct 01, 2016||$140,000|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||A.T. Kearney, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Sep 09, 2010||$138,000|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||A.T. Kearney, Inc.||Southfield, MI||Sep 09, 2010||$138,000|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||A.T. Kearney, Inc.||Vienna, VA||Sep 09, 2010||$138,000|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jul 23, 2012||$131,200|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Bellevue, WA||May 02, 2011||$127,200|
|Senior Sourcing Manager, Cooling & Gas Systems||Whirlpool Corporation||Benton Harbor, MI||Jun 27, 2016||$126,000|
|Senior Sourcing Manager, Technology||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Apr 19, 2014||$121,727|
|Senior Category Sourcing Manager||Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.||Jacksonville, FL||Apr 07, 2010||$112,000|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Dec 10, 2015||$110,000 -
|Senior Category Sourcing Manager||Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.||Jacksonville, FL||Apr 12, 2010||$100,000|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||Cummins Inc.||Columbus, IN||Jun 12, 2015||$97,178 -
|Senior Sourcing Manager, ITS Commodities||Praxair Inc.||Tonawanda, NY||Sep 26, 2012||$92,000|
|Senior Sourcing Manager, ITS Commodities||Praxair, Inc.||Tonawanda, NY||Oct 01, 2011||$92,000|
|Senior Sourcing Manager||Cummins Inc.||Columbus, IN||Mar 07, 2015||$91,600 -
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