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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EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Assistant Buyer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£26,225 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£21K
Median: £26K
£33K
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Assistant Buyer Career Path

Learn how to become an Assistant Buyer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Assistant Buyer
£26,225/yr
L3
Senior Buyer
£46,087/yr
L4
Buyer IV
£32,556/yr
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Assistant Buyer Insights

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Buyer
30 Apr 2019

“Since I started working here everyone I have work with is nice and easy to work with.”

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Assistant Buyer
14 Sep 2021

“I've been there for a year and had so many amazing opportunities to further my career!”

VPI Technology GroupVPI Technology Group
Buyer/Planner
27 Jan 2020

“The interview process was smooth and I was really able to grasp what all the position would entail.”

VeyaVeya
Buyer
14 Apr 2020

“I enjoyed the teamwork aspect of this position and met some really great people who still keep in touch with.”

Hy-VeeHy-Vee
Grocery Online Shopper
25 May 2021

“Starting wage was reasonable and I enjoyed the variety of different aspects of the job.”

Design Within ReachDesign Within Reach
Associate Buyer
31 Jul 2020

“Opportunity to develop as a professional and learn valuable skills that have helped me excel in my career.”

Best BuyBest Buy
Assistant Buyer
9 Feb 2021

“bad management nobody cares im just doing this so i can lurk real former employers bad reviews”

MissguidedMissguided
Buyer
3 Jul 2019

“For people who are really serious about their career its a really good place to learn & progress.”

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