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 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:
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.