Purchasing managers (along with buyers and purchasing agents) buy products for organizations to use or resell. They evaluate suppliers, negotiate contracts, and review product quality. Most work full time. Many work more than 40 hours per week.
Purchasing managers juggle a To-Do list of stressful, business-critical tasks—from striking the best deals to projecting demand to staying abreast of financial and political changes worldwide. Listen in as four purchasing managers chat about challenges and shoot the breeze on strategy.