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Director of Purchasing
Description: A Director of Purchasing plans,
organizes, directs or assists in organizing and directing the activities of a group of
employees in a major purchasing organization whose primary function is to obtain
large quantities of materials, supplies and equipment through public contract
procedures, negotiations, or agreements; may also direct activities involved in
obtaining services through contract and may arrange for salvage sales; applies
sound supervisory principles and techniques in building and maintaining an
effective work force; and fulfills affirmative action responsibilities.
- How does your experience and education qualify you for the
position of Director of Purchasing?
Focus on the aspects of your experience that apply to this position.
- What are a supervisor's responsibilities under affirmative
Set an example, communicate policy, personnel actions based on job-related
criteria, promotion, and training.
- What tools/techniques do you use in motivating employees?
Two of the steps that you can take are to establish expectations, get employees
involved by making them part of the improvement process.
- How would you go about establishing a strategic plan for the
Make the distinction between strategy and tactics. Align your plan with
the objectives for the overall organization.
- Let's assume you've been hired. Your assignment is to
maintain or improve current service levels while reducing the budget by 10%. What
steps will you take?
Be sure to include maintain support for mandatory activities, eliminating
unnecessary processes, and prioritizing.
- What aspect of supervision do you find most difficult?
Be careful. If you have a number of choices to choose from, try not to
choose one of the essential tasks of supervision.
- Tell us about your experience in negotiations.
Use an example that provided a tangible benefit to the organization. Tell
the interview board about the tangible benefit.
- If you could change one aspect of the purchasing process, what
would you change?
Try to pick an aspect that is easily understood. Provide a constructive
means of changing or improving the process.
- Do you have anything to add?
The Executive's Guide
to Supply Management Strategies: Building Supply Chain Thinking into All Business
Processes, David A. Riggs, 1998
Introduction to Supply
Chain Management, Robert B. Handfield, 1998
Transform Your Supply
Chain : Releasing Value in Business (Smart Strategies Series), Jon Hughes, 1998