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Career Progression in Procurement

If you’re considering a purchasing career path, it offers an ample level of stimulation, opportunities for success and potential for advancement. To help convince you, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about beginning in the industry and the path of a career progression in procurement.

Featured Careers

  • Procurement Analyst
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Director of Procurement
  • Vice President of Purchasing

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Procurement Career Ladder

From entry-level to executive positions, here is the typical procurement career path framework:

1. Procurement Analyst

Procurement Career Path LadderA procurement analyst is an entry-level position. However, they are still directly involved in the purchasing operations of their company as a part of supplier communications, process, strategy and forecasting. Because an analyst is a junior role, he or she will typically specialize in one specific aspect of the procurement process — focusing on tasks like searching for prospective vendors, analyzing historical material purchasing costs or forecasting costs for the future.

Analysts begin with salaries of about $40,000 and can progress to $60,000 or more with experience. Often, individuals will spend two to four years as an analyst before moving up on the procurement career ladder.

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2. Purchasing Manager

The purchasing manager is next on the career path after a procurement analyst. These professionals purchase products from vendors for the company to resell or use. They evaluate the quality of products, oversee buyers and purchasing agents and negotiate contracts. At smaller organizations, there may not be much distinction between the procurement analyst and the purchasing manager, and one person may handle both duties.

This position is a step up the career ladder, and it’s reflected in a salary of $100,000. Professionals who fill this role will need exceptional communication and negotiation skills as well as business management experience and the ability to find the right products and create a strong contract.

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3. Director of Procurement

As a director of procurement, an individual is responsible for overseeing multiple aspects of the procurement process, including identifying vendors and suppliers, selecting sources, managing suppliers, negotiating and coordinating supply contracts and developing necessary business frameworks for new and existing contracts. Managers and directors communicate with other departments regularly, keep track of progress and develop strategies for cost management, service levels, delivery schedules and product quality.

With a salary of $140,000-$160,000, this position requires extensive experience and can be a permanent role or a stepping stone on the way to the ultimate position: vice president.

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4. Vice President of Purchasing

As the ultimate head of procurement, the Vice President of Purchasing is responsible for overseeing all subordinate managers and directors, procurement specialists, buyers, contract specialists and processes. The vice president must assess the company’s needs and comply with its requirements in scheduling, forecasting, planning, analyzing, communicating, procuring and contracting with vendors.

The direct goal of the vice president is facilitating and ensuring the honest, efficient, competitive and cost-effective acquisition of the necessary materials and supplies for the company’s production needs. He or she must also make sure every subordinate meets requirements, complies with company policy and follows rules, regulations and procedures. Requiring a bare minimum of five years’ experience in the field, this position offers a salary upwards of $170,000.

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    Begin Your Purchasing Career Path Today

    As an integral part of any supply chain company, the procurement industry offers extensive opportunities for a successful and upwardly mobile career. Explore your options further and submit your resume to Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters today!

    Don Jacobson
    Don Jacobson
    Don Jacobson was born and raised in New York City, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Management from the City University of New York. For 10 years, Don managed Operations and Supply Chain departments for consumer products companies. He then turned his attention to supply chain recruiting and for the past 27 years, has specialized in recruiting and placing supply chain executives throughout North America. Don is certified by the National Association of Personnel Consultants. He was a Partner at Hunt Ltd., and more recently was the Founder and Managing Partner of LogiPros LLC, a logistics recruiting firm. Don is a regular contributor of topical human resource articles for DC Velocity magazine, the CSCMP Supply Chain Comment, and The WERCSheet, published by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). He is Past President of the NY/NJ/CT chapter of WERC

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