What does a Buyer do?
Buyers work for offices or retail stores purchasing products and supplies for a business to either resell or use in the office. They take inventory or work with executives to determine which products the business needs. They’ll then conduct research to find the best product within the company’s budget. Buyers will negotiate a price with the suppliers, track the order’s progress after purchasing it, then add this item to their inventory. Some Buyers who work in offices meet with several departments to determine their supply needs and will make the necessary purchases to help the office remain productive and efficient.
Buyer skills and qualifications
Buyers use a combination of soft skills and industry knowledge to perform their duties effectively, which can include:
- Strong interpersonal skills to work with team members, clients and suppliers
- Negotiation skills to work with suppliers and make better deals for the company
- An understanding of purchase order software platforms
- Good attention to detail to ensure all purchase orders are accurate
- Ability to work with a team
- Math skills to make sure all calculations are correct and avoid any unforeseen losses for the company
- IT skills to troubleshoot essential computer programs
Buyer salary expectations
A Buyer makes an average salary of $57,996 per year. Salary may depend on a candidate’s education, experience level and geographical location.
Buyer education and training requirements
Typically, many large corporate retailers require Buyers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or a related field. Buyers may also elect to pursue a graduate degree such as an MBA (master’s degree in business administration) to further their qualifications and advancement opportunities. To be competitive, Buyer candidates could have a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or related certification.
Buyer experience requirements
Experience requirements for a Buyer can vary from employer to employer. An entry-level Buyer position may not require as much work experience as a senior-level buyer position. It may also be beneficial to accept on-the-job training as a form of work experience.
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