Purchaser, Industrial supplier

The purchaser is the person responsible for supplying parts to a manufacturing unit. He places orders, follows deliveries and makes the products and raw materials they need available to workshops, while optimizing stock.


• Ensure that the raw materials and inputs are always in sufficient quantity and quality,
• Plan orders and ensure that there is no stock-out or overstocking,
• Check the stock turnover rate and the filling rate so that the materials intended for production are always available,
• Negotiate with suppliers and sub-contractors to obtain the best quality / price ratio during purchases.


• Perfect mastery of the technical constraints related to stock management and supply,
• Knowledge of stock management and office automation software,
• Fluency in technical English,
• Negotiation skills and interpersonal skills ,
• Fluency logistics and supply chains,
• Knowledge of the standards in force in terms of health, safety, respect for the environment and quality,
• Ability to resolve problems quickly and calmly.


Recruiters trust holders of a bac +5 from business schools, or engineers. Likewise, the supplier can enter the profession with a DESS in logistics purchasing, a DUT or a BTS in purchasing.


When he begins his career, the purchasing buyer earns between 2,900 and 3,300 € gross monthly, while a senior earns up to 5,000 € gross per month.

Career evolution

With experience, the supply manager can become a supply manager, business engineer, senior buyer or lead a team of buyers.

Other appellations

• Supply manager,
• Supply and purchasing planningmanager , 

• Raw materials supply manager,
• Logistics supply manager.