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Purchasing Managers and Directors

Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Purchasing Managers and Directors – UK Visa Applications


Research by the Business Continuity Institute published in 2016 shows that fears over the availability of skilled and qualified purchasing managers and directors has entered the Top 10 of perceived threats to business for the first time ever – with around 47% of business polled expressing concern over a shortage in purchasing managers and directors.


Global competition for highly skilled purchasing managers and directors and restrictions on Tier 2 visas can make the recruitment of supply and procurement managers and directors a challenge for UK-based firms.


Supply and procurement is by its nature a global process – and any inefficiency in or interruption to the supply chain can severely affect business success.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise companies on international recruitment of purchasing managers and directors, who are eligible to work in the UK under the regulations covering occupations skilled to NQF Level 6.


Duncan Lewis business immigration lawyers frequently advise companies on Tier 2 applications – as well as advising on recruiting recent overseas graduates who have qualified in the UK.


Any Tier 2 applicants can be sponsored for jobs in certain occupations – and the government has drawn up a list of eligible occupations for purchasing managers and directors wishing to apply for a Tier 2 visa to take up a position in the UK.


UK Visas & Immigration regulations set out in the Codes of Practice for Skilled Workers such as purchasing managers and directors.


Under the regulations, the sort of roles within a company that would be eligible for a Tier 2 visa application include:

  • Bid manager
  • Purchasing manager.


UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties a purchasing manager or director might undertake to qualify for a Tier 2 visa, including:


  • determines what goods, services and equipment need to be sourced
  • devises purchasing policies, decides on whether orders should be put out to tender and evaluates suppliers’ bids
  • negotiates prices and contracts with suppliers and draws up contract documents
  • arranges for quality checks of incoming goods and ensures suppliers deliver on time
  • interviews suppliers’ representatives and visits trade fairs
  • researches and identifies new products and suppliers
  • stays abreast of and ensures adherence to relevant legislation regarding tendering and procurement procedures.


The current minimum salary range for a purchasing manager or director  applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £35,900 for an experienced member of staff – and  £26,000 for a new entrant.


Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2013.


Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – UK Visa Applications & Appeals – Purchasing Manager and Directors


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a purchasing manager or director joining your UK operation requires expert legal advice on the preparation of the visa application to ensure no delays occur.


Companies should be aware that any delays in the Tier 2 visa application process might potentially jeopardise the timely take up of a purchasing manager or director appointment.


Duncan Lewis immigration experts are one of the UK’s leading specialist immigration and business immigration solicitors, with a highly successful track record in advising companies and individuals on business immigration and the UK visa application process.


Duncan Lewis immigration lawyers have offices nationwide and in most major cities – and our national and London immigration lawyers regularly advise companies wishing to recruit high-calibre purchasing managers and directors from non-EEA territories on:


  • Tier 2 Licence
  • Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsor (CoS)
  • Tier 2 Visa Applications
  • Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers
  • Standard UK Visa for Business Visits.


Duncan Lewis business immigration experts are also able to advise on visa appeals for purchasing managers and directors wishing to take up appointments in the UK.


As immigration specialists, Duncan Lewis is ranked by Legal 500 2015 for its business immigration services.


For further information on UK visa applications for Purchasing Managers and Directors, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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