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Job Description

A Retail Buyer helps to ensure the right products are selected at the right price to sell in the store. They will need to source suppliers, negotiate prices, ensure products can be delivered on time, help with predicting future sales trends and decide when old products should be discontinued.  

Entry Requirements

You'll usually need a degree or college qualification in retail or business. Some retail experience will also help.

Some companies offer buyer training schemes or management training schemes where you can specialise in buying.

You may also be able to work your way up from the shop floor to the role of buyer's administration assistant, then assistant or junior buyer.

You could start retail training through an apprenticeship.

Career Path and Progression

With experience and training you could become a senior buyer, buying controller or head of buying. You could also move into product management, marketing or merchandising.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Purchasing manager
  • Fashion design assistant
  • Personal shopper
  • Retail manager
  • Retail merchandiser

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to influence others
  • Commercial awareness
  • Organised
  • Good negotiation skills
  • A creative flair
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Determination
  • The ability to reach set targets

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £70,000

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