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Occupation Description:
  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.
Career Video:
  Video Icon  Purchasing Managers
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Typical Tasks:
  • Maintain records of goods ordered and received.
  • Locate vendors of materials, equipment or supplies, and interview them to determine product availability and terms of sales.
  • Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment.
  • Control purchasing department budgets.
  • Interview and hire staff, and oversee staff training.
  • Review purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy.
  • Analyze market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability.
  • Coordination - 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..
  • Speaking - 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..
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior..
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences..
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job..
  • 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..
  • Mathematics - 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..
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits..
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Education & Training:
  Work experience, plus a bachelor's or higher degree
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Wage Information:
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $131,339.00 $63.14 $39.27 $45.52 - $75.14
Bridgeport/Stamford $149,013.00 $71.63 $39.38 $46.34 - $87.12
Danbury $132,288.00 $63.60 $43.84 $48.43 - $70.38
Hartford $130,604.00 $62.80 $44.83 $51.91 - $75.06
New Haven $121,094.00 $58.22 $37.51 $41.48 - $65.63
New London/Norwich $94,828.00 $45.59 $28.34 $29.75 - $59.43
Waterbury $107,665.00 $51.77 $34.32 $36.65 - $61.26
Torrington $95,512.00 $45.92 $37.73 $40.64 - $49.58
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Occupation Outlook:
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 1,330 1,380 0.3% 36
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
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