Sourcing/Purchasing Manager

General Requirements

  • Maintain records of goods ordered and received.
  • Represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.
  • Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them in order to determine product availability and terms of sales.
  • Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.
  • Control purchasing department budgets.
  • 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.
  • Review purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
  • Analyze market and delivery systems in order to assess present and future material availability.
  • Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Prepare reports regarding market conditions and merchandise costs.
  • Administer on-line purchasing systems.
  • Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers.
  • Arrange for disposal of surplus materials.
  • Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Inspecting inbound materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
  • Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Willing to travel to suppliers both domestic and international.

Skills Required

  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
  • Analyzing needs and product requirements.
  • Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Complex problem solving – to include monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • The ability to coordinate the work and activities of others in a time efficient manner and to get them to work together to accomplish tasks.
  • Effective management of personnel resources by guiding and directing subordinates including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Good time management skills in managing one’s own time and the time of subordinates that maximizes both material and personnel resources in the most appropriate way for the task.
  • The ability to use logic and reasoning to determine time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • The ability to communicate effectively when conveying information to others whether in the written or oral format.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail performing day to day administrative tasks including entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form and processing paperwork.
  • The ability to identify developmental needs of others and use the appropriate method to aid their learning e.g. direct supervision of task, coaching, mentoring, monitoring.

Work Experience Requirements

  • Minimum three years Managerial experience.
  • Minimum two years experience in manufacturing/purchasing environment.


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