On a conference call this morning, a prospective client asked the subject question.  When I responded that procurement professionals at all levels – from the buyer level to the chief procurement officer level – have earned the SPSM® Certification, they asked for statistics showing the distribution among various levels.

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So, we got right on that for them.  And I’m sure that they are not the only ones that are curious about this topic, so I’ll post those statistics here for public consumption as well.

Manager/Senior Specialist Level – 35%
Procurement Specialist Level – 34%
Director Level – 9%
Analyst/Coordinator Level – 8%
Department Officer/VP/Head Level – 5%
Assistant/Clerk Level – 4%
Senior Executive Level – 1%
Other – 4%

To give you a better idea of the job titles that comprise each level, consider the following sample lists of job titles that comprise each level:

Manager/Specialist Level

  • Administrative Manager-Contract
  • Assistant Manager
  • Assistant Manager Purchasing
  • Assistant Manager, Procurement
  • Assistant Procurement Manager
  • Assistant Purchasing Manager
  • Buyer/Asst. Plant Manager
  • Category Group Manager
  • Commercial Manager
  • Contract Manager
  • Contracts & Tenders Manager
  • Corporate Manager, Sourcing
  • Corporate MRO Manager
  • Corporate Supply Chain Manager
  • Department Manager
  • Director of Purchasing/Sourcing Manager
  • Expert Buyer / Procurement Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Factory Manager
  • General Systems Manager
  • Global Supply Manager
  • Group Project Manager
  • Human Resources/Accounting Manager
  • Inventory Control Manager
  • Inventory/Warehousing Manager
  • IT Buying Manager
  • IT Procurement and Governance Manager
  • Knowledge Mgr, Purch. Ctr.
  • Logistics Manager
  • Manager
  • Manager – Technology Procurement
  • Manager IT Procurement
  • Manager, Procurement
  • Manager, Procurement Department
  • Materials Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Parts Manager
  • Parts Purchasing Manager
  • Parts/Purchasing Manager
  • Procurement Category Manager
  • Procurement Leader
  • Procurement Manager
  • Product Management & Purchase Dept. Manager
  • Project Expediting & Inspection Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Project Manager Russia and CIS
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Purchasing Supervisor
  • Purchasing/Capex Manager
  • Regional Category manager
  • Regional Manager Southern Afghanistan
  • Senior Buyer
  • Senior Category Manager
  • Senior Category Manager, Indirect Procurement
  • Senior Manager – Purchasing
  • Senior Material Buyer
  • Senior Material Controller
  • Senior Materials Buyer
  • Senior Procurement Engineer
  • Senior Procurement Manager
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Senior Specialist
  • Sourcing Manager
  • Sr. Commodity Specialist
  • Sr. Contract Administrator
  • Sr. Inventory Specialist
  • Sr. Procurement Officer
  • Sr. Product Category Manager
  • Sr. Purchasing Agent
  • Sr. Sourcing Specialist
  • Strategic Procurement Manager
  • Strategic Sourcing Manager
  • Superintendent Purchasing (Procurement Department)
  • Supervisor, Procurement & Mail Services
  • Supervisor, Supply Chain Mgmt
  • Supplier Performance Supervisor
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Supply Chain Sr. Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Team Leader Project Procurement
  • Transit Camp Manager/Facilities Management Assistant
  • Transition Manager (Governance Dept.)
  • Transport Manager

Procurement Specialist Level

  • Associate
  • Associate Buyer
  • Buyer
  • Buyer – Dairy/Bakery
  • Buyer – FF&E
  • Buyer/Planner II
  • Buyer/Planner
  • Buyer/Purchasing Agent
  • Chief Buyer
  • Contract Administrator
  • Contract Engineer
  • Contract Specialist
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Contracts and Procurement Specialist
  • Contracts Officer
  • Corporate Procurement Buyer
  • Domain Lead
  • Indirect Material Specialist
  • International Buyer
  • Material Specialist
  • Mechanical Materials Buyer
  • MRO Buyer
  • MRO Procurement
  • OIC, Procurement Section
  • Procurement
  • Procurement & Contracts Administrator
  • Procurement and Supply Management Specialist
  • Procurement Associate
  • Procurement Logistics Advisor
  • Procurement Office
  • Procurement Officer
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Procurement Specialist IT
  • PSCM purchasing specialist
  • Purchaser
  • Purchasing
  • Purchasing & Transportation Specialist
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Purchasing Associate
  • Purchasing Buyer
  • Purchasing Consultant
  • Purchasing Officer
  • Purchasing Specialist
  • Purchasing Technician
  • Raw Materials Co-Buyer
  • Record Buyer
  • Regional Lead, Mesa & Pk
  • Reorder Buyer
  • Reorder Buyer – Dairy
  • Replenishment Buyer
  • Replenishment Specialist
  • Senior Buyer
  • Sourcing & Contracts Lead
  • Sourcing and Contracts Lead
  • Sourcing Specialist
  • Specialist Contracts
  • Strategic Sourcing & Warranty
  • Subcontract Administrator
  • Subcontracts Administrator
  • Supplier Development Specialist
  • Supply Chain Specialist
  • Technical Buyer
  • Technical Procurement Officer
  • Technology Buyer
  • Warehousing, Logistics & Buying Associate

Director Level

  • Assistant Director of Works Procurement Dept.
  • Corporate Director of Clinical Education and Sustainability
  • Director
  • Director , Supply Chain
  • Director of Contracts and Procurement
  • Director of North American Procurement Operations
  • Director of Operations
  • Director Of Procurement
  • Director of Procurement OPs & eProcurement
  • Director of Product Development, Private Brands
  • Director of Purchasing
  • Director of Supply Chain & Materials
  • Director of Supply Chain Management
  • Director, Global Sourcing and GM Procurement
  • Director, Purchasing
  • Director, Support Services
  • Food & Beverage Director
  • IT Director
  • Property Management Division Director
  • Purchasing Director
  • Sr. Director of Procurement
  • Sr. Director,  Procurement & Contract Administration
  • Strategic Planning Director
  • Supply Chain Business Support Director

Analyst/Coordinator Level

  • Analyst Business Support Svc.
  • Business Analyst
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Construction Project Coordinator/Construction Buyer
  • Contract Analyst
  • Coordinator
  • Coordinator, Logistics
  • Customer Service Coordinator/Buyer
  • Expediter
  • Expeditor – Purchasing Department
  • Inventory Coordinator
  • MRO Coordinator
  • National Coordinator Procurement
  • Procurement Analyst
  • Procurement Coordinator
  • Program Analyst Contractor
  • Purchasing Administrator / Sourcing Analyst
  • Purchasing Analyst
  • Purchasing Coordinator
  • SCM AP Procurement Coordinator
  • Senior Procurement Analyst
  • Sourcing Analyst
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Supply Chain/Business Analyst
  • Supply Systems Coordinator

Department Officer/VP/Head Level

  • Administrative and Finance Officer
  • AVP – Purchasing
  • AVP
  • Chief Procurement Officer
  • Chief, Purchasing & Contracting
  • EVP
  • Finance/Administration Officer
  • Head – PVM India
  • Head – PVM, UAE
  • Head Admin & Procurement
  • Head of Governance
  • Head of Materials
  • Head of Overseas Purchasing and Warehousing
  • Head of Procurement
  • Head of Services Austria
  • Head, Procurement Management
  • Procurement Executive
  • Senior Executive, Procurement
  • Vice President of Purchasing
  • VP Corporate Procurement

Assistant/Clerk Level

  • Accounts Assistant
  • Administrative Support
  • Buyer’s Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • IT Business Services Assistant
  • Materials Assistant
  • Procurement  Assistant
  • Procurement Admin Assistant
  • Procurement Assistant
  • Purchasing Assistant
  • Purchasing Clerk
  • Purchasing Clerk III

Senior Executive Level

  • Managing Director
  • President

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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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