CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Purchasing Manager

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Finance
Benchmark Title: Purchasing Manager
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers. Maintain records of goods ordered and received.
 
Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them to determine product availability and terms of sales.
 
Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.
 
Control purchasing department budgets.
 
Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training.
 
Review purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
 
Analyze market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability.
 
Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.
 
Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials.
 
Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers.
 
Represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.
 
Review, evaluate, and approve specifications for issuing and awarding bids.
 
Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.
 
Prepare bid awards requiring board approval.
 
Prepare reports regarding market conditions and merchandise costs.
 
Administer online purchasing systems.
 
Arrange for disposal of surplus materials.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Finance
Benchmark Title: Purchasing Manager
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Finance
Benchmark Title: Purchasing Manager
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Finance
Benchmark Title: Purchasing Manager
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Finance
Benchmark Title: Purchasing Manager
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Ariba Spend Management Suite Procurement software
 
Automated purchase order software Procurement software
 
Bottomline Technologies Bottomline Sprinter Purchasing Manager Procurement software
 
Bowen & Groves M1 ERP Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Business Objects Crystal Reports Data base reporting software
 
Corel Paradox Data base user interface and query software
 
Database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Epicor Vantage ERP Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
IBM Lotus Notes Electronic mail software
 
Inventory management software Inventory management software
 
Lawson M3 Supply Chain Management software Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Material requirement planning MRP software Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office Visio Charting software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Project Project management software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Oracle DBMS Data base user interface and query software
 
Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management Solutions Financial analysis software
 
Point of sale POS software Point of sale POS software
 
Primavera Systems SureTrak Project Manager Project management software
 
Purchasing software Procurement software
 
PurchasingNet eProcurement Procurement software
 
SAP software Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
10-key calculators Calculators or accessories
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Finance
Benchmark Title: Purchasing Manager
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Finance
Benchmark Title: Purchasing Manager
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Buyer
Circuit Rider
Circuit Walker
Commissary Superintendent
Commodity Manager
Contract Administrator
Contract Coordinator
Contract Manager
Contracting Manager
Contracting Officer
Contracts Specialist
Demand Planner
Director of Materials
Director of Purchasing
Director of Strategic Sourcing
Division Merchandise Manager (DMM)
General Merchandise Manager
Import Coordinator
Leasing Manager
Livestock, Grain, Cotton and Other Farm Products Purchasing Director
Material Manager
Materials Coordinator
Materials Manager
Merchandise Director
Merchandise Executive
Merchandise Manager
Merchandise Planner
Merchandising Manager
Procurement Agent
Procurement Manager
Procurement Officer
Procurement Services Manager
Property and Supply Officer
Purchasing Agent
Purchasing Analyst
Purchasing Coordinator
Purchasing Director
Purchasing Manager
Purchasing Officer
Purchasing Supervisor
Sourcing Manager
Sourcing Specialist
Supply Chain Manager
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Management
Job Family: Finance
Benchmark Title: Purchasing Manager
 
 
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