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MATERIALS MANAGER/ANALYST, IN-DEPTH: If You Can Learn How To Manipulate Data, Any Company Will Find You Valuable

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Juan, a Materials Manager & Analyst for a medical supply company, describes what he loves most about his job (spreadsheets!!!!), its challenges, how hard it is to get a job in his field, and work-life balance. In high school & college, your homework is always looming, but in the work world you can leave work at the office.

Degree: Political Science - Economics
Job Title: Materials Manager/Analyst
Employer: Medical Supplies

Job Summary: Purchasing Managers

Job Description

Purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents buy products for organizations to use or resell. They evaluate suppliers, negotiate contracts, and review product quality.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

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.

Certification Requirement
Helpful to be a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$35,000 - $105,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
3 to 9 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Travel, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Mathematical skills, Problem solving skills

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