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          Helping you find a career in the retail buyer industry

          A retail buyer's responsibilities involve planning and selecting product ranges to be sold by retailers. The buyer has to consider demand for a product and how many competitors also sell the product in question. Ultimately keeping up to date with market trends is important, as is a willingness to research and negotiate.

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          What does a Retail buyer do?

          Day-to-day, you will:

          • Analyse consumer choices
          • Research competitors
          • Plan product ranges based on findings
          • Meet suppliers
          • React to changes in price, demand, or logistics
          • Write reports
          • Get customer feedback
          • Present new product ranges to senior retail staff
          • Attend trade fairs and research the market
          • Keep up to date on seasonal changes
          What skills and interests should an Retail buyer have?
          • Happy and willing to research and negotiate
          • Willing to travel
          • Analytical mind set
          • Ideally, an interest in the product
          • Friendly and approachable for customers and suppliers
          What hours does a Retail buyer typically do?

          Retail buyers often find themselves working to tight deadlines and as a result peak times can see hours exceed 9AM to 5PM. Travelling to trade fairs and other events may also be demanding in terms of hours and early starts.

          Freelance opportunities do arise for more experienced retail buyers but part time positions are not typical.

          What environment is a Retail buyer based in?

          Typically an office setting is the main work base.

          How much does a Retail buyer travel?

          Travelling between retail outlets, suppliers, trade fairs and your head office is all part of the job. All these settings will be important to the role of a retail buyer.

          How much does a Retail buyer get paid?

          Junior buyers can expect a salary in the region of £18,000 to £25,000 per annum while more experienced buyers may receive £25,000-£45,000 or even more.

          What qualifications does a Retail buyer need?

          Graduate programmes are open to those with a 2:2 or above. Some markets, such as fashion, may require particular degrees or expertise.

          Useful subjects to study at school & university

          Market specific degrees or degrees in business and retail.

          Further reading

          Retail News