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Helping you find a career as a Procurement Officer

Also known as a purchasing manager, you will acquire goods for your company, or you may buy products/services to resell.


What does a Procurement Officer do?
Your main duties will consist of:
  • Staff supervision, overseeing the activities of the purchasing department

  • Purchasing goods for the company

  • Data handling

  • Ensuring all financial documents are up-to-date and accurate

  • Meeting with business partners and other team members

  • Communicating with suppliers and ensuring that there is a strong connection between the two companies

  • Reviewing quality and price of goods
What skills and interests should an Procurement Officer have?
  • Proficiency in mathematics

  • Negotiation skills

  • Great interpersonal skills

  • Organisational skills

  • The ability to operate within strict budgeting
What hours does a Procurement Officer typically do?
Most procurement officers will work 40-hour weeks.
What environment is a Procurement Officer based in?
Purchasing is usually an office-based job.
How much does a Procurement Officer travel?
It is not likely that a procurement officer will travel very often. If so, it is likely to be minimal.
How much does a Procurement Officer get paid?
The starting salary for procurement officers tends to be about £23, 000 a year. Typically, this will rise through the course of your career, reaching around £33, 000 with 7+ years experience.
Perks & benefits
As procurement officers typically work in a single location, you’ll have stability for the future.
What qualifications does a Procurement Officer need?
Preferably, procurement officers need at least a bachelor’s degree. Often, a master’s degree is necessary for advancement.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
Favourable bachelor’s degrees include:
  • Business

  • Economics

  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

  • Engineering
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