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Procurement Function

Knowledge of and ability to manage the major responsibilities, accountabilities, and organization of the procurement functions or department.

Behavior Statements

Proficiency Level 1 - Basic understanding

Explains the basic role and contributions of the procurement or purchasing function.

Identifies major tasks and responsibilities of a procurement function or unit.

Locates the basic tools used by procurement professionals.

Explains the role of technology in procurement.

Proficiency Level 2 - Working experience

Summarizes the mission, vision and objectives of the procurement function.

Implements major procurement programs, initiatives and issues.

Monitors compliance with procurement regulations and contract specifications.

Participates in meetings regarding relevant regulatory considerations and agencies of the procurement function.

Documents the steps and requirements of the procurement process.

Proficiency Level 3 - Extensive experience

Manages a procurement unit or department.

Coaches others on the development of procurement strategies and plans.

Advises on the appropriate solutions to complex procurement problems.

Develops standard processes to maximize procurement's efficiency and effectiveness.

Advises on how to use advanced technologies and tools for procurement functions.

Builds key relationships and dependencies with other business functions.

Proficiency Level 4 - Subject matter depth and breadth

Leads the design of an architecture for a procurement function.

Advocates the development of new technologies and tools for a procurement function.

Plays a leadership role in implementing major procurement initiatives and programs.

Leads in defining the mission and objectives of the procurement function.

Evaluates benefits, risks, and strategic business impact of procurement.

Predicts the future trends of the procurement function in the industry.

Interview Questions

  • What suggestions do you have to improve the effectiveness of procurement procedures?
  • What kinds of problems did you encounter in implementing procurement procedures?
  • How did you reduce the costs for implementing a procurement system?
  • What tools did you use to maintain procurement information and records?
  • What industry trends do you recognize in the technologies and tools used in the procurement function?

Titles with Shared Competencies