Reports to:Chief Executive/Manufacturing/Production Manager

Supervises:Purchasing Supervisors/Officers

Main objectives:Direct the purchase of materials for the company’s operations, ensuring the best possible economy, quality and reliability of supply.

Typical functions and responsibilities:

  • Establish the company’s purchasing policies and procedures.
  • Co-ordinate and control purchasing supervisors/offices in the procurement process by interpreting specifications for goods or materials and supervising the calling for tenders.
  • Establish and maintain direct relationships with key suppliers.
  • Negotiate with major tenderers or suppliers and establish delivery schedules.
  • Identify and investigate areas where economies could be affected by purchase of new materials or bulk purchase agreements.
  • Review on a regular basis alternative markets for purchases and availability of materials or goods.
  • Approve orders and purchase contracts and submit to Principal Operations Executive/Chief Executive Officer.
  • Review major variations from budget in purchasing contracts.

Typical qualifications and experience:A qualification in materials management or equivalent, together with considerable experience in materials purchasing.