Procurement professionals can have job titles such as chief procurement officer (CPO), purchasing manager, purchasing clerk, purchasing agent and administrative assistant, as reported by the Purchasing and Procurement Center. These professionals often work private-sector jobs in corporate settings with responsibilities that focus on helping companies acquire materials, including raw manufacturing materials, at the lowest-possible cost in order to reduce overhead and help maximize profits. Although private-sector procurement jobs in both large and small corporation are common, procurement professionals can find work in nonprofit and public-sector organizations as well.
Different businesses use procurement professionals to help acquire the necessary goods and services to produce a final product. While some procurers focus on obtaining raw materials, others focus on enlisting the services of specialized professionals in fields, such as advertising and marketing or technology, notes the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
Procurement professionals, who may also be known as buyers, often engage in important negotiations and may wield a large amount of power within their organization thanks to their ability to help the company save money.
Procurement jobs often require a variety of skills in addition to negotiation. For example, some procurement professionals spend a good amount of their work day analyzing and designing supply chains.