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Purchasing Manager - Manufacturing

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€60k > 85
Purchasing Manager
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€60 - 85
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Brightwater / CPL / Hudson / Lincoln

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Occupational Category

Production managers in manufacturing, mining and energy

Also included in this category:

Production managers; operations managers (manufacturing); quarry managers; operations managers (mining, water & energy).

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 2%
Aged over 55: 0%
Male / Female: 0 / 0%
Non-Nationals: 93%
With Third Level: 69%
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At a Glance... header image

Procures the goods and services required by organisations and may also manage stores and control stock levels.

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John Kelly works as a Timber Purchaser for Laois Sawmills. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and an Honours Degree in Land Management in Forestry.
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The Work header image

A Purchasing Officer in the manufacturing industry is likely to report to the Materials Manager, but organisational structures vary between individual firms and business sectors.  
Purchasing work requires the establishment of requirements of goods and services with those who will be responsible for using them, seeking or selecting sources of supply, negotiating contracts and planning deliveries. This is all done while ensuring that the quality is as required, that the delivery is made when and where it is wanted and that the price represents, in the long run, the lowest obtainable cost to the organisation. This must be achieved in accordance with the law and with recognised ethical standards, avoiding all conflicts between the company's interest and that of the buyer personally.  
Most of the money that the average company gets by selling its products is spent again in buying the goods and services needed to continue in business. Since so much money is spent on goods and services, the way this expenditure is managed has a big effect on profits or losses and thus on the organisation's future, hence the critical nature of the Purchasing Officer's job.  
For school-leavers, the work might at first be in checking on order deliveries, making enquiries on suppliers and transport-providers or helping to develop forecasts of requirements. If there is a procedures manual in the purchasing department, it should be studied and it will be important to understand how supply work relates to other activities in the Organisation. Keyboard skills will need to be developed for using a computerised Supply Information System.

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.


Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.


Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training.


Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them to determine product availability and terms of sales.


Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.


Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.


Maintain records of goods ordered and received.


Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials.


Analyze market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability.


Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates: Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Monitoring and Controlling Resources: Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.


Coaching and Developing Others: Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.


Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Law and Government: Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.


Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Persuasion: Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Management of Financial Resources: Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.


Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Good communication skills in speech and writing and a positive, pleasant and energetic attitude are particularly valuable in an area of work where there are so many internal and external contracts at all levels.  
The development of ability in contract and other negotiations is essential. Numerical skills are important especially for working in a manufacturing environment in conjunction with Production Planners. Normal colour vision may be required for certain areas of work.

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Organisation: Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management
Address: 17, Lower Mount St., Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 644 9660
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Organisation: Supply Chain Management Institute (IPICS)
Address: Unit 2A, Kilnap Business & Technology Park, Mallow Road, Cork City.
Tel: (021) 490 9700
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