How to Hire a Purchasing Manager

Does your growing business need an purchasing manager? Purchasing Managers can help your company increase sales and revenue via purchased ordered and received, therefore ensuring you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

Here are some tips to help you find great purchasing manager candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $19.45 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $13.50$73.50 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Purchasing Manager?

Hiring a purchasing manager can be beneficial at any stage of your company’s growth. The right hire can free up time from other employees who may currently be taking on the tasks of a purchasing manager. This will make your day-to-day operations run smoother.

• Maintain records of goods ordered
• Maintain records of goods received
• Negotiate prices and contracts

Skills to look for in a great Purchasing Manager

A great purchasing manager candidate will have the following skills and attributes as well as work experience that reflects:

• Bachelor’s degree
• Degree in supply chain management, logistics, or business administration is preferred
• Knowledge of market dynamics
• Exceptional relationship building skills
• Excellent organizational skills
• Business acumen

Writing a Purchasing Manager job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified Purchasing Manager candidates. A Purchasing Manager job description includes a compelling summary of the role, detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Purchasing Manager jobs, such as:

• Logistics
• Supply chain
• Purchasing department

Interviewing Purchasing Manager candidates

Strong candidates for purchasing manager positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• Negotiation skills
• Maintaining accurate documentation
• Vendor relationship building

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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