The purchasing director is typically responsible for overseeing their organization's purchasing, logistics, and operations staff. Their main objective is to ensure that all departmental employees are providing high-quality work and meeting all company standards. Purchasing directors provides leadership to supply chain and operations employees and ensure purchasing requests are completed in a timely, efficient manner. Purchasing directors are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the purchasing, logistics, and operations departments, as well as establishing guidelines for approving purchase orders. Additionally, purchasing directors must lead cost-reduction initiatives, inventory management, and materials budgets. They provide final analysis on corporate suppliers and perform continuous research to develop best practices within their departments. A purchasing director usually reports directly to the chief financial officer (CFO) of an organization.
Purchasing Director Tasks
Handle paperwork for purchase orders and keep records of inventory and transactions.
Research vendors, determine which ones have the best services and prices, and negotiate contracts with vendors.
Maintain inventory levels, planning when to make purchases and how to distribute goods.
Hire, train, and supervise staff in charge of vendor transactions and inventory.