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Procurement Manager

Introduction

As a Procurement Manager you will be responsible for buying anything a company might need in order to operate effectively. This could include equipment, goods and services, such as the raw materials to make a particular product, or the energy source used to power a factory. You will play a vital role in the operation of the business.

Also known as

  • Purchasing Manager

Work Activities

As a Procurement Manager you will be responsible for buying anything a company might need in order to operate effectively. This could include equipment, goods and services, such as the raw materials to make a particular product, or the energy source used to power a factory. You will play a vital role in the operation of the business.

Procurement Managers work in many different areas and industries, including:

  • construction
  • manufacturing
  • charities
  • educational establishments, such as universities
  • retail, shops, supermarkets
  • local authorities
  • agriculture

You will need to make sure that the business operates as efficiently as possible when purchasing equipment, goods and services. You don't want to be paying too much, but you also want to ensure that you buy goods that are of the required quality. You will need to identify suppliers and negotiate and manage contracts with them, building good business relationships.

Your other duties could include:

  • fully understanding the market and industry in which you are working
  • being aware of and also predict the latest market trends
  • developing, implementing and maintaining a succesful procurement policy
  • regularly meeting with other departments and areas of you business, to understand their requirements
  • monitoring the health of your suppliers and identifying any risks associated with them
  • regularly meeting your suppliers to make sure they are fulfilling their contracted responsibilities, and to also understand their use of sub-contractors

Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become a Procurement Manager, you'll need:

  • to understand how businesses work - particularly in the industry you choose to specialise in
  • finance skills - you must be able to work to strict budgets, and to be able to negotiate financial contracts
  • the ability to work to strict deadlines

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates below are approximate:

  • Starting: £36,500 - £40,000
  • With experience: £44,000 - £51,500
  • Senior Procurement Managers earn £60,000 - £66,000

Hours of work

You will most likely work around 35-40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Occasional late finishes and weekend work may be required.

Where could I work?

Employers include businesses and organisations in the following areas:

  • construction
  • manufacturing
  • charities
  • educational establishments, such as universities
  • retail, shops, supermarkets
  • local authorities
  • agriculture

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, trade industry publications, at Jobcentre Plus and on the Find a Job website.

Vacancies can also be found through specialist engineering recruitment agencies, internet job boards and the websites of professional engineering bodies.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

Most employers will expect you to have a HNC/HND or degree before entering this career, however alternative routes are available.

However, if you do not have this qualification level you could consider getting a junior position within the industry you intend to specialise in.

You might be able to get onto an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship in a relevant area, and work your way up. Take a look at our information article 'Apprenticeships – How do I apply', for more details about applying for apprenticeship positions.

Training

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) offer a certificate and advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations, and this would be a great place to start. By the end of the course, you would have learnt:

  • the difference between sole traders, partnerships, registered companies, incorporated and unincorporated companies
  • how to research into the public sector
  • the impact of competition on the buying of supplies and services
  • how to review the needs of customers
  • the use of technology in the industry
  • how to calculate break even analysis and margins
  • the use of budgets
  • how customer service and the role of Procurement Manager is very similar
  • how to ensure that the right inventory can be purchased or supplied
  • the main principles and techniques that help develop customer and supplier relationships

Work Experience

Many people enter this career after gaining relevant skills, and perhaps qualifications, in a related area such as:

  • construction
  • manufacturing
  • retail
  • finance

Previous experience gained in your chosen industry is highly valued in this career, and just as important as any qualification.

Qualifications

To enter a relevant degree course, the usual requirements are:

  • 2/3 A levels
  • GCSEs in your A level subjects at grade C/4 or above
  • a further 2/3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above
  • English, maths and a science subject are usually required at GCSE at grade C/4 or above

To get onto an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and maths, or to have completed an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship.

To get onto a Higher Level Apprenticeship, you will need at least two A Levels, or an Advanced Level Apprenticeship.

To get onto a Degree Apprenticeship, you will usually need at least 2 A levels.

Other qualifications, such as a relevant BTEC level 3 qualification or the International Baccalaureate Diploma are often accepted.

Some universities accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to 1 A level.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Distance Learning

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply offers a series of professional qualifications, and they are all available by distance learning. The qualifications are:

  • Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations
  • Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations
  • Diploma in Procurement abd Supply
  • Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply
  • Professionall Diploma in Procurement and Supply

Skills/experience

Many people enter this career after gaining relevant skills, and perhaps qualifications, in a related area such as:

  • construction
  • manufacturing
  • retail
  • finance

Previous experience gained in your chosen industry is highly valued in this career, and just as important as any qualification.

Further Information

Apprenticeships: Get In. Go Far

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

Tel: 0800 015 0400

Email: nationalhelpdesk@findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk

Website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Skills Development Scotland - Modern Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 9178000

Email: info@skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk

Website: www.myworldofwork.co.uk/modernapprenticeships

Financial Skills Partnership (FSP)

Skills for the financial, finance and accountancy sectors

Address: 51 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HQ

Tel: 0845 2573772

Email: info@financialskillspartnership.org.uk

Website: www.financialskillspartnership.org.uk

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

Website: www.cips.org/

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