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.