A procurement manager will manage and coordinate procurement buyers as well as working on the most complex purchases for the company.

Are your leadership and negotiating skills sharp? Do you enjoy working hard to get a great deal? If so, then a position as a procurement manager is the perfect way to put your bargaining skills to work for you in the world of advanced manufacturing. You’ll be the leader of the procurement department, in charge of how and where your company’s money is spent on raw materials and services.

The first step in your job will be seeking out vendors and suppliers. You’ll conduct research through various channels, or instruct your employees in the buying department on how to look for outside resources themselves. You’ll inspect the materials to make sure they are of a high quality, and you’ll have the final say in which companies will get your business. Negotiating will be a large part of your job, as you’ll want to save as much money as possible while still maintaining high standards for the goods and services your company needs.

Much of your work will be done from your office, where you’ll oversee your employees and offer them advice and oversight so strong leadership skills are important. You'll not only manage process but also be responsible for growing the skills and expertise of those around you.

You’ll read and create reports and manage the procurement budget using various software programs. All procurement managers need previous experience in the field, and many are hired from within the company. Most companies will expect some sort of degree in business, finance, or accounting, and programs that offer internships will give you a leg up in the job hunt.

Also Known As:

Supply Chain Director, Supply Chain Manager

Critical Skills


  • Computers
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Negotiation


  • Business Fundamentals
  • Communication - Internal and External
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Leadership
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Negotiation
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Professionalism
  • Time Management

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee procurement buyers
  • Manage budgets
  • Negotiate contracts with vendors and suppliers
  • Ensure quality of goods and services purchased
  • Review and maintain purchase and delivery records
  • Research, evaluate, and buy products


  • Buying and Selling of Product
  • Communications
  • Customer Relations
  • Finances
  • Working with/Managing Others

How to get this job

Certification through the Association for Operation Management a plus. Certified Professional in Supply Management a plus. American Purchasing Society offers Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) and Certified Professional Purchasing Manager (CPPM), which are helpful.

Next Steps for this job

Gain experience in project or process management, take courses on supply and demand, finances and operations.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.