Purchasing managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a purchasing department and develop and implement the purchasing policies of a business or institution. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.
A bachelor’s degree or college diploma in business administration, commerce or economics is usually required. Purchasing managers responsible for units purchasing specialized materials or business services may require a related degree or diploma. For example, a bachelor’s degree or college diploma in engineering may be required for purchasing managers responsible for purchasing industrial products. The designation Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) or registration in the educational program of the Supply Chain Management Association may be required. Several years of experience as a purchasing agent or officer are required.