Occupation Summary

Purchasing Managers

O*NET 11-3061.00


Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 16.84%.
Education Level:
Bachelor's Degree. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Business and Industry

  1. Maintain records of goods ordered and received.
  2. Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them to determine product availability and terms of sales.
  3. Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.
  4. Control purchasing department budgets.
  5. Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training.
  6. Review purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
  7. Analyze market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability.
  8. Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures.
  9. Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials.
  10. Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers.
  11. Represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.
  12. Review, evaluate, and approve specifications for issuing and awarding bids.
  13. Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies.
  14. Prepare bid awards requiring board approval.
  15. Prepare reports regarding market conditions and merchandise costs.
  16. Administer online purchasing systems.
  17. Arrange for disposal of surplus materials.

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National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Purchasing Managers employed Annual Growth Rate
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 2.9 0.00
Electronic instrument manufacturing 2.5 -0.57

Labor Market Information

2018 Statewide average hourly wage $63.95
2018 National average hourly wage $60.40
2016 National employment 73,900
2016 Texas employment 4,922
Texas projected employment by 2026 5,751
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 500

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance 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.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Law and Government
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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.
Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Personnel and Human Resources
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Economics and Accounting
Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Time Management
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Fluency of Ideas
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Information Ordering
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
    -- Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • 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.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
    -- Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Other Activities

  • Analyze current and historical utility costs
  • Analyze market conditions
  • Analyze market or delivery systems
  • Appraise personal property or equipment
  • Appraise real estate values
  • Arrange buying party
  • Assemble advertising and merchandise displays
  • Assign work to staff or employees
  • Attach identification onto products or containers
  • Attend professional conferences and events
  • Communicate technical or scientific information
  • Complete purchase requisitions
  • Conduct business, market, or managerial research
  • Conduct meetings with clients and customers
  • Conduct reviews of progress, production, or sales
  • Confer with sales or purchasing personnel
  • Confer with vendor representative
  • Control organizational, product, or material inventory
  • Determine potential offerors for upcoming procurements
  • Determine supplier with best bid
  • Develop project communication strategies
  • Develop project contingency plans
  • Develop project performance objectives
  • Develop purchasing policies or procedures
  • Develop records management systems
  • Develop sales or marketing strategies
  • Encourage communication with employees, departments, and customers
  • Establish project performance metrics
  • Estimate costs or price arrangements
  • Estimate product demand
  • Execute sales contracts
  • Expedite orders from vendors
  • Identify internal or external resources to support project
  • Implement company or staff policies
  • Inspect merchandise to determine value
  • Issue supplies, materials, or equipment
  • Locate sources of supply for purchasing
  • Maintain business or financial records, reports, or files
  • Maintain inventory of office supplies or forms
  • Maintain parts inventory
  • Maintain processes and procedures manual
  • Maintain record of organization expenses
  • Manage individual and organizational contracts
  • Manage inventories or supplies
  • Manage material resources
  • Manage organizational programs
  • Measure items, parcels, materials, and products
  • Measure products or materials
  • Monitor consumer or marketing trends
  • Monitor project performance metrics
  • Negotiate business contracts
  • Negotiate sales contracts
  • Offer purchase, repair, or modification recommendations of furnishings or equipment
  • Order supplies, materials, or equipment
  • Oversee execution of organizational or program policies
  • Oversee land acquisition activity
  • Perform continuing education to maintain licenses, certifications, qualifications, and knowledge currency
  • Perform cost benefit analysis
  • Price merchandise ready for sale
  • Process orders for merchandise, supplies, or services
  • Process returned merchandise
  • Purchase food or beverages
  • Purchase furnishings, artworks, or accessories
  • Purchase housekeeping or cleaning supplies or equipment
  • Purchase office equipment or furniture
  • Purchase supplies, materials, or equipment
  • Recommend materials for products
  • Requisition stock, materials, supplies or equipment
  • Resolve invoice, purchasing, funding, or payment discrepancies
  • Sign contracts with customers or clients
  • Supervise subordinate personnel or contractors
  • Terminate employment of employees or contractors
  • Terminate relationship with clients or vendors
  • Track facility or production costs
  • Track financial transactions such as deposits, payments, funding, or fees

  • Support
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.


Desktop calculator: 10-key calculators;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Personal computers: Personal computers;


Calendar and scheduling software: Scheduling software;

Data base reporting software: SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports;

Data base user interface and query software: Oracle DBMS; Corel Paradox; Database software; Microsoft Access;

Electronic mail software: Microsoft Outlook; IBM Lotus Notes;

Enterprise resource planning ERP software: Enterprise resource planning ERP software; Epicor Vantage ERP; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne; Oracle PeopleSoft; Bowen & Groves M1 ERP; SAP software;

Financial analysis software: Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management Solutions;

Graphics or photo imaging software: Microsoft Visio;

Internet browser software: Web browser software;

Inventory management software: Inventory management software;

Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software: Material requirement planning MRP software; Infor Lawson Supply Chain Management;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Point of sale POS software: Point of sale POS software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Procurement software: Ariba Spend Management Suite; Automated purchase order software; Bottomline Technologies Bottomline Sprinter Purchasing Manager; Purchasing software; PurchasingNet eProcurement;

Project management software: Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Portfolio Project Management; Microsoft Project; Microsoft SharePoint software;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Purchasing Managers include:
  • 11-1021.00 General and Operations Managers
  • 13-1081.00 Logisticians
  • 13-1081.02 Logistics Analysts
  • 11-3071.03 Logistics Managers
  • 11-2021.00 Marketing Managers
  • 13-1023.00 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
  • 11-3071.02 Storage and Distribution Managers
  • 11-9199.04 Supply Chain Managers
  • 11-3131.00 Training and Development Managers
  • 11-3071.01 Transportation Managers

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** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.