Purchasing managers and directors (not retail) plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the purchasing functions of industrial, commercial, government organisations and public agencies to ensure cost-effectiveness.


  • Directs the arranging of conferences, exhibitions, seminars, etc. to promote the image of a product, service or organisation.
  • Stays abreast of changes in media, readership or viewing figures.
  • Reviews and revises campaign strategy and takes appropriate corrective measures if necessary.
  • Liaises with client to discuss their needs and develops the most appropriate strategy to deliver the objectives directs public relations campaigns and communicates messages through a variety of media.
  • Directs and oversees the work of the communications department of an organisation or work on behalf of clients at a public relations firm.
  • Develops and reviews the public relations policy and direction of an organisation.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 18% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£46,911 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for purchasing manager or director is £46,911

751 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 751. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for purchasing manager or director roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £46,911 per year. That is about £3,909 per month or £24.06 per hour. New workers generally start on £28,201, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £148,725

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 751 people are employed in the region.

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