Role: Purchasing Manager
Purchasing Manager
Role Sets: All-Roles


Main Description

Maintain records of goods ordered and received. Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment. Control purchasing department budget. Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training. Review purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy. Develop and implement purchasing and contract management instructions, policies, and procedures. Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials. Resolve vendor or contractor grievances, and claims against suppliers. Represent the state in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers. Review, evaluate, and approve specifications for issuing and awarding bids. Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying, selling, and distributing materials, equipment, machinery, and supplies. Prepare bid awards requiring board approval. Administer online purchasing systems.


  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking -- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making -- Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension -- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Learning -- Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Management of Material Resources -- Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
  • Negotiation -- Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Mathematics -- Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Time Management -- Managing one's own time and the time of others.