Procurement Manager

Global economies are all highly dependent on efficient and effective procurement of goods and services, either as value add or consumer products. For efficiency in production and supply, and particularly within the perishable goods value chain such as agriculture and fishing, timeous, appropriate, efficient and effective procurement, upstream and downstream, is critical. Procurement of goods and services are therefore a critical component in all goods and services value chains to maximise efficiency, enable sustainability and minimise waste.

Procurement managers plan, administer and review the supply, storage and distribution of equipment, materials and goods. They research and forecast levels of demand for services and products and develop and monitor distribution requirement plans and budgets to see to these needs. They also source suppliers, undertake contract negotiations and establish service programs to match the company’s requirements. Procurement managers can also run risk assessments to ensure sourcing processes are safe, reliable and sustainable.

Procurement managers work closely with farm operators and managers, engineers, varied suppliers and legal professionals to ensure essential supplies are procured. They mainly work in an office environment and occasionally travel to supplier sites.


Procurement managers require in-depth knowledge of supply chain structures and functioning and a comprehensive understanding of markets. They will also benefit from:

  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving ability
  • Solid financial management and business experience
  • Effective project management skills


Determine, implement and monitor purchasing, storage and distribution strategies, policies and plans

Negotiate contracts with suppliers to meet quality, cost and delivery requirements

Establish and direct operation and administration procedures

Establish and manage budgets and control expenditure ensuring efficient resource use


B.Com., B.Com (Hons), M.Com. in Supply Chain Management at SU, UKZN, UNISA and UP

Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Supply Chain Management at TUT


National, provincial and local government.

All forms of commercial scale business.

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