Procurement Managers manage the procurement and purchasing of materials, products and services for organisations.
Determines, implements and monitors purchasing strategies, policies and plans.
Negotiates contracts with suppliers to meet quality, cost and delivery requirements.
Uses recording systems to monitor and confirm procurement requirements.
Oversees the recording of purchase transactions.
Directs staff activities and monitors their performance.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 94% of people employed as Procurement Managers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 28 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 45 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Procurement Managers work in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Procurement Managers||All Jobs Average|
Around 80% of Procurement Managers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - Inner
- Melbourne - Inner South
- Melbourne - South East
- Melbourne - West
- Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Procurement Managers is 44 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 32% of the workforce. This is 16 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Procurement Managers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.6||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in business management, purchasing, warehousing and distribution, accounting or another related field is usually needed to work as a Procurement Manager. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.
- Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Procurement Managers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||19.8||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||6.0||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers who are reliable, organised and can communicate clearly. Employers also value leadership and planning skills.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
63%Management of financial resources
Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.
61%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
61%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
Reading work related information.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
55%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Teaching people how to do something.
Looking for ways to help people.
45%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
73%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
69%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
64%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
60%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
57%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
55%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
52%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
51%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
50%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
50%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
43%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
36%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
50%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
50%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
See details that are far away.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
41%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
85%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
79%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
73%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
72%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
71%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
70%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
69%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
69%Managing payments and orders
Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.
68%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
67%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
67%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
67%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
65%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
61%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
60%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
58%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
51%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
50%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
92%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
88%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
87%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Work with people in a group or team.
85%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
85%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Work to strict deadlines.
80%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
80%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
77%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
76%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
69%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
66%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
62%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
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