Group Purchasing Manager Group Purchasing Manager

It’s all about getting the best deals. Your job will be to make sure your company is getting the best deal they can get on their purchases, and is getting the best price for their sales.

Job Summary

  • Heavily involved in negotiating best deals for the company, including the price paid, delivery arrangements, and specification
  • Investigate and resolving problems reported by the company's hotels or suppliers
  • Dealing with a range of products such as teaspoons to vintage wines, from hired linen to marquees
  • Monitor and forecast stock levels
  • Research and identify new products and suppliers
  • Assess tenders from potential suppliers
  • Negotiate prices and agree contracts
  • Process payments and invoices
  • Keep up with market trends

Skills required

  • Negotiation
  • Problem solving
  • Profession telephone manner
  • Good relationship skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Good business sense
  • Mathematical and business background useful

Qualifications and Training

It is possible to enter this position several ways; BTEC’s, Degrees, Management Schemes, start from the bottom and work your way up the career ladder. Most employers will expect you to either be a part of, or working towards membership, of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Salary Expectations

A Group Purchasing Manager can start at £27,000 but slowly build to £60,000 a year. The average salary is £42,000.

Salary rates vary depending upon your experience, as well as the company. These figures are only intended as a guide.*

The bonus bits…

  • Great scope for promotion
  • Famous high salary rates

*Figures from the National Careers Service October 2013