What does an Assistant 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.
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Assistant Buyer Insights
“I've been there for a year and had so many amazing opportunities to further my career!”
“Salaries are good but not when you amortize working 70 hour weeks as a matter of course.”
“You're not that great and not everyone wants to be part of your cult.”
“I enjoyed the teamwork aspect of this position and met some really great people who still keep in touch with.”
“Starting wage was reasonable and I enjoyed the variety of different aspects of the job.”
“The new CEO and HR initiatives have already gained popularity and I imagine things can only get better from here.”
“Opportunity to develop as a professional and learn valuable skills that have helped me excel in my career.”
“bad management nobody cares im just doing this so i can lurk real former employers bad reviews”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an assistant buyer
When working as an assistant buyer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Excellent Organizational, Mandarin Chinese, Outlook and Powerpoint.
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The most common qualifications to become an assistant 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.