Career outlook for retail buyer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would find exciting new products that you think people will want to buy. You’d negotiate with suppliers to sell them in the shops or retail organisation you work for.
You’d need to be able to spot future trends. You’d need to work out what your customers are likely to want and the prices they are willing to pay. It would be important to understand your shop’s customers and what motivates them to buy certain things.
Most buyers specialise in one product type, for example, clothes, homewares or food and drink.
- Analyse trends and consumer buying patterns
- Go to trade fairs or fashion shows to find new products and suppliers
- Choose product ranges
- Judge product quality and get customer feedback
- Place orders with suppliers and negotiate prices and delivery contracts
- Present products to colleagues and write reports
- Track sales performance figures
- Monitor what other shops are doing
- Take action to maximise sales and minimise losses
Within a retail organisation, you'd be responsible for one area, category or brand, such as footwear, cosmetics, or beers and wines.
You would work closely with retail merchandisers, visual merchandisers, designers and marketing staff.
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