What does a Buyer do?

Buyers procure the products and services, including farm products or nondurable goods, and relevant services that their organizations intend to either use or resell. As seekers of the best deal for their organization, a buyer searches for the highest quality goods and services at the lowest possible cost to the company. Buyers also make sure to examine trends, sales records, and inventory levels of current stock. They also examine foreign and domestic suppliers and keep up to date with potential changes that may affect the supply and demand for products and materials.

Buyers use many resources to discover all potential suppliers. This includes attending meetings, trade shows, and conferences to learn about new industry trends and to establish contact with potential suppliers. They will often interview a prospective supplier and visit their plant or distribution center to assess their capabilities and potential to serve the company’s needs. Buyers also stay in constant contact with suppliers to ensure the desired goods or services arrive on time, in the correct amount, and at the expected quality. Buyers have a bachelor’s degree in retail merchandising and management.

EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Buyer Salaries

Average Base Pay

€41,940 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: €42K
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Buyer Career Path

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a buyer

When working as a buyer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Administering, Requests, Typing, SUPPLIERS and Reviews.

The most similar professions to buyer are:
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Purchasing Analyst
  • Procurement Agent
  • Supply Chain Manager

The most common qualifications to become a buyer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.