Has the “Buyer” job title piqued your interest? It can be an exciting position that provides you with growth opportunities. You may be wondering what exactly goes in to being a buyer and how you become one. Read on!
What does a buyer do?
A buyer is responsible for purchasing all items either used or sold in an organization. Buyers research the best options for suppliers, pricing, and quality. Buyers work with suppliers and vendors to negotiate pricing and contracts, with the goal of creating some sort of long-term contract with the supplier. The buyer evaluates the company’s needs, recognizes trends in product sales/use, and uses this information to stay within budget when purchasing. In addition to this, it is important that a buyer keeps up with the current market and supply chain trends in order to predict how the company may need to prepare.
How does one become a buyer?
Although it is not absolutely necessary, most “Buyer” positions require a bachelor’s degree. Companies like to see a business or managing degree, or a degree in a field related to the company you are working for (i.e., a farming and feed company might value an agriculture degree). You must have excellent negotiation skills/be able to hold your ground. You should be confident in your decisions and capable of asserting yourself with vendors and suppliers.
Should you be a buyer?
Being a buyer requires someone to be quick on their feet. People who are good at negotiation thrive in the role, especially when they work well with others. A good fit for this role will have a talent for persuading vendors and suppliers to see their side of the deal, often resulting in lower costs for the buyer’s company. If you see yourself as a go-getter who does not back down from a challenge, this could be the right role for you!
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