View Full Version : Strategic Sourcing Manager vs. Purchasing Manager

02-15-2012, 07:13 PM
Can someone explain to me if there is a difference between these two positions?

02-18-2012, 11:26 PM
Fundamentally, there is no difference as it is usually more a matter of company philosophy that may determine the title. For example, I have had positions of Purchasing Coordinator, Purchasing Facilitator, Senior Buyer, Manager-Sourcing and Corporate Purchasing Manager in Japanese and US owned companies and in all cases was responsible for Strategic Sourcing, Purchasing, Procurement, Supply Chain Management, etc. Right now I am Corporate Purchasing Manager and my strategic vs tactical tasks vary from week to week.

07-09-2012, 09:11 AM
There is difference between Strategic Sourcing Manager (SSM) & Purchasing Manager (PM).

Normally, the role of SSM is into new product introductions, new vendor developments, whereas PM's role is mostly into procurement of material/compoenents for day to day production requirements.

07-12-2013, 08:52 PM
Both answers above are right.

There is a difference (by definition) between a SSM and a PM. However, many organizations use all of the above definitions for what would conventionally be called a Purchasing Manager.

Why? Look at the US average and median pay scale for a "Purchasing Manager" in the Department of Labor's Wage information. Now, change the title to something different, and it provides the company with leverage to deny that the Purchasing Manager is an actual Purchasing Manager...he is a "Sourcing Manager" or whatever the hot term for the day is.