Procurement Manager

Procurement Managers buy goods for use or resale. They close awesome purchasing deals for products and services to minimize costs. Use these sample interview questions to find the best person for the job.

Procurement Manager interview questions

High-quality Procurement Manager candidates are experienced and qualified (think: finance or economics) and are aces at collecting data, comparing prices and performing market analysis. They are able to make decisions fast and can ‘read’ the market to make cost-reducing suggestions. 

Top tip: Diversity is key for a thriving workplace. Keep an eye out for management and exec-level candidates from varying backgrounds and aim to eliminate bias from your hiring process.

Role-specific interview questions

  • Describe the purchasing process step-by-step.
  • What are the most crucial criteria to consider when choosing suppliers?
  • What is risk management?
  • Are you familiar with warehouse safety regulations?
  • What is a Qualified Products List (QPL)?
  • Which are the key procurement metrics?
  • How do you keep supplies records?

Behavioral interview questions

  • Have you ever dealt with an underperforming buyer? What happened?
  • Describe a situation where you achieved an awesome discount.
  • How do you resolve supplier disagreements?
  • Have you ever cancelled a vendor contract? What happened?
  • How do you grow an A+ network of industry pros?

Problem solving interview questions

  • What suppliers and third-party management tech do you have experience with?
  • What tools do you use to perform market analysis?
  • Why would you look for a new supplier?
  • How do you make sure deliveries arrive on time?
  • How would you deal with a late delivery?
  • What would you do if a department wanted to order equipment over-budget?
  • How do you evaluate product quality? What would you do if you received a defective product?

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