Purchasing and contract management

Purchasing and contract management is about managing the process of tendering for the supply of goods and services, awarding contracts and ensuring they run smoothly.

In this area of management, you’ll be working with a host of external suppliers as well as internal departments to get the best products and services within the resources available to you.

Working life

In purchasing and contract management, you could have a role:

You’ll need an understanding of the complete supply chain from understanding an identified need for a service or product, through knowing the provider market, the tendering, selecting and awarding process to asset management.

Roles in purchasing and contract management

Job titles and roles will vary but here are some examples of job roles in purchasing and contract management.

Deputy head of procurement

In this role, you’d be required to:

Contracts manager

In this example, you’d be based within the supplies department of an acute (hospitals) trust. You’d be:

Associate director of procurement and supplies

Working in an NHS trust of over 5000 staff your key responsibility would be to re-develop and re-engineer the supply chain business for the trust. You’d be heavily involved in the strategic direction of the trust.

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