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Procurement Manager - IT
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Portland
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Procurement Manager – Indirect (IT) A consumer goods organization is seeking an experienced Procurement Manager based in Portland. They are looking for someone who can...
Manager of Indirect Procurement
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Portland
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Procurement Manager – Indirect (IT) A consumer goods organization is seeking an experienced Procurement Manager based in Portland. They are looking for someone who can...
Head of Raw Chemical Procurement Department
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Amsterdam
  • Salary: €120000 - €160000 per annum
  • Description  Head of Raw Chemical Procurement Department   A renowned Chemical Company is seeking the next Head of their Chemical Procurement
Raw Materials Procurement Analyst
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Barcelona
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Raw Materials Procurement Analyst Working within Analyst group of Processes & Analytics EMEA, the Procurement Analyst EMEA position is dedicated to deliver on “freedom to...
Director of procurement – The Netherlands
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Netherlands
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Director of procurement – The Netherlands A leading machinery company is seeking an experienced Director Of Procurement based in the Netherlands. The company is going...
Global Category Manager for Indirect Procurement
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Hamburg
  • Salary: €100000 - €120000 per annum
  • Description Global Category Manager for Indirect Procurement A leading Cosmetic Company is seeking a Global Category Manager to join their Indirect Procurement Department based in the...
Global Category Manager for Indirect Procurement
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Zürich
  • Salary: £100000 - £110000 per annum
  • Description Global Category Manager for Indirect Procurement A leading Cosmetic Company is seeking a Global Category Manager to join their Indirect Procurement Department based in the...
Procurement Director - Direct Materials
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Munich
  • Salary: €160000 - €190000 per annum
  • Description Procurement Director – Directs A leading FMCG organisation is seeking an experienced Procurement Director based in Munich, Germany. This company is currently transforming
Sr. Buyer - IT
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Portland
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Sr. Buyer – Indirect (IT) A consumer goods organization is seeking an experienced Procurement Sr. Buyer based in Portland. They are looking for someone who...

Salary, Job Description and Skill Requirements 

A procurement professional, also known as purchasing officer or manager, plays a crucial role in any organization, ensuring that the company or organization makes appropriate purchases of services or goods to use or resell.
Procurement specialists are responsible for buying the highest quality goods, equipment, services and/or products at the most competitive price. As individual organizations operate within different sectors and ultimately operate different procurement policies, so procurement managers need to be able to work within a wide range of areas, often overseeing procurement and supply chain management on a national and even global scale. Procurement specialists help an organization or business increase their profits by saving money through effective negotiation and networking. 

Employment Outlook and Salary 
The average salary for a procurement manager in the US is $81,294 per annum. In the UK, procurement managers earn an average salary of £37,921 per year. Salary can vary significantly based upon skills, performance, industry knowledge and experience however. Demand for procurement specialists has increased in recent years with job opportunities for experienced professionals growing steadily. Career opportunities typically depend on the size and type of company, with larger organizations also offering the opportunity to manage a team of specialists as well as working at various locations. Supply chain management is becoming increasingly global as digital technology continues to disrupt traditional industries. 

Job Description
Procurement and purchasing specialists are increasingly recognized as an important part of any organization or business. Typical employers include construction and engineering industries, the armed forces, local authorities, service and manufacturing companies, communication and IT companies, public service industries, wholesalers, and retailing companies.

Procurement managers typically specialize in finding goods and services for organizations at the lowest price possible, in order to increase profitability. This might include inventory, office supplies, marketing services or various large scale purchases such as real estate. They are often required to assess the competency and performance of suppliers and develop long term relationships, as well as analyze, prepare and terminate contracts as and when necessary. Procurement specialists also work closely with both finance and account departments, all areas of upper management and outside vendors.

A Procurement Specialist is required to:

  • Forecast various levels of demand for products and services
  • Conduct intensive research to determine the most efficient suppliers and best products, in terms of quality, delivery schedules and value
  • Ensure stock levels are managed and maintained
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with existing and new suppliers
  • Liaise between manufacturers, suppliers, customers and relevant internal departments
  • Process invoices and payments
  • Negotiate contract terms and assess the quality of service provided
  • Forecast and measure price trends and any impact on future business activities
  • Give regular presentations on the market including current trends and areas for possible growth
  • Develop a strong procurement strategy
  • Make recommendations on evaluating bids, based on technical and commercial factors 
  • Ensure suppliers are aware of business needs and objectives
  • Attend trade conferences and meetings


Key Skills & Qualifications

While some industries prefer applicants who have relevant experience and degree qualifications, the role is relatively open to all graduate applicants. The following degrees are viewed as preferable and can offer an advantage to candidates interested in this field of work: Business Studies, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Engineering and Purchasing & Supply.

Procurement Specialists will need to have the following skills:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Commercial awareness and business acumen
  • Strong analytical  and numerical skills
  • Ability  to develop and maintain good working relationships 
  • A good flair for networking, dealing and negotiation
  • Confidence, diplomacy and maturity
  • Ability to work well under pressure, making important decisions on tight deadlines with demanding targets