Purchasing managers ensure the effective supply of machinery, raw materials and services to enterprises by buying items, which are used or processed by the company.
The main duty of purchasing managers is to find suppliers that offer the best value. They compare catalogues and journals, telephone suppliers, examine samples and attend demonstrations and conferences. Consultation with employees in the various departments helps determine the specifications of the items needed.
Purchasing managers need to establish good business relationships with suppliers to obtain satisfactory payment plans, quick delivery for emergency orders and cost savings.
They are required to check delivered goods before payment can be authorized and therefore a sound knowledge of every aspect of the company is needed.
Schooling & School Subjects
Each institution has its own entry requirements.
Degree: A relevant BCom degree such as Business Management or Purchase and Materials Management can be followed at most South African universities.
BCom, BBusSc, BAdmin, or a BA with business and marketing subjects.
Diploma: The N.Dip. Purchasing Management - VUT.
There are several private, technical and correspondence colleges that offer appropriate courses. Many companies have in-service training for their own purchasing personnel. Regular seminars are held by the Institute of Purchasing.
Institute of Purchasing and Supply South Africa
Tel: (011) 331-6650