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Procurement / Sourcing Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Procurement or Sourcing Manager manages the procurement of supplies for a company or organization. Develops policies and schedules for regular procurements. Trains and supervises staff, develops relationships with suppliers, researches and inspects supplies, and negotiates supply and shipping prices.

Job Outlook

There were 965 Procurement / Sourcing Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 28658 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Procurement / Sourcing Manager industry, which includes the Procurement / Sourcing Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:


Many new Procurement / Sourcing Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.


The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $111,901.


The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $112,975.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Procurement / Sourcing Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $87,948.

Education and Experience

Posted Procurement / Sourcing Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree4.03%
Bachelor's Degree77.81%
Master's Degree27.14%
Doctoral Degree2.05%

Posted Procurement / Sourcing Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years11.93%
3 to 5 years51.45%
6 to 8 years23.62%
9+ years13%


Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Procurement / Sourcing Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Negotiation (46.25%)
  • Management (45.81%)
  • Communication (44.71%)
  • Leadership (37.57%)
  • Operations (33.41%)
  • Microsoft Excel (22.52%)
  • Problem Solving (20.93%)
  • Planning (18.7%)
  • Influencing Skills (17.5%)
  • Microsoft Office (16.42%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Category Management (17.72%)
  • Supply Chain (40.24%)
  • Strategic Procurement (14.67%)
  • Strategic Sourcing (31.33%)
  • Category Strategy (12.84%)
  • Purchasing (44.6%)
  • Project Management (29.23%)
  • Supplier Relationship Management (20.4%)
  • Supplier Performance Management (17.97%)
  • Procurement (78.39%)
  • Procurement Management (23.71%)
  • Total Cost Of Ownership (8.33%)
  • Supplier Management (12.92%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Invoicing (8.19%)
  • SAP Applications (9.61%)
  • Inventory Management (6.38%)
  • Process Improvement (11.9%)
  • Marketing (8.72%)
  • Risk Mitigation (8.43%)
  • Data Analysis (8.98%)
  • Auditing (8.94%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (11.51%)
  • New Product Development (11.06%)
  • Supply Chain Management (18.22%)
  • Accounting (10.21%)
  • Cost Reduction (10.56%)
  • Risk Management (9.1%)
  • Contract Management (15.81%)
  • Finance (25.53%)
  • Request For Proposal (18.08%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (10.47%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Global Procurement (5.89%)
  • Negotiation Strategies (5.09%)
  • Commodity Management (3.39%)
  • Spend Analysis (4.22%)
  • Global Sourcing (6.64%)
  • Supplier Identification And Selection (10.82%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Procurement / Sourcing Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Procurement Manager
  • Strategic Sourcing Manager
  • Sourcing Manager
  • Procurement Coordinator
  • Commodity Manager
  • Procurement Category Manager
  • Category Manager
  • Procurement Project Manager
  • Procurement Sourcing Manager
  • Supply Chain Procurement Manager

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Procurement / Sourcing Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Amazon (340)
  • Alvarez & Marsal (238)
  • Danaher (210)
  • Randstad (200)
  • CBRE (186)
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (153)
  • Accenture (152)
  • Boeing (135)
  • Emerson Electric (128)
  • Avantor (124)

North Carolina

  • Honeywell International (17)
  • Siemens (17)
  • Randstad (17)
  • Trane Technologies (16)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (16)
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (15)
  • Hyster-Yale Materials Handling (14)
  • Compass Group (14)
  • Carrier Corporation (13)
  • Duke University (13)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!