Juan, a Materials Manager & Analyst for a medical supply company, describes his job researching medical products around the world & figuring out the best ways to deliver them. He majored in political science & economics but strongly advises studying programming & the hard sciences to give yourself the edge over the competition.
Purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents buy products for organizations to use or resell. They evaluate suppliers, negotiate contracts, and review product quality.
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Purchasing managers typically must have at least 5 years of experience as a buyer or purchasing agent. At the top levels, purchasing manager duties may overlap with other management functions, such as production, planning, logistics, and marketing.
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