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Salary Range
€60k - €85k
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In Brief...

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


  • 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.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


  • Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

In Summary - Purchasing Manager - Manufacturing

Career Sectors

Purchasing Manager - Manufacturings typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Business Sales
Sales, Retail & Purchasing
Purchasing and Wholesaling
Sales, Retail & Purchasing
Transport & Logistics

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The Work - Purchasing Manager - Manufacturing

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.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • 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.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • 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.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

Interests - Purchasing Manager - Manufacturing

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


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.

Entry Requirements - Purchasing Manager - Manufacturing

Pay & Salary - Purchasing Manager - Manufacturing

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €60k - €85k

Data Source(s):
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.

Labour Market Updates - Purchasing Manager - Manufacturing

While no shortages have been identified in this area, strong employment growth would indicate job opportunities exist for experienced personnel.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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