Buyers & Purchasing Agents, Farm Products


Purchase farm products either for further processing or resale. Includes tree farm contractors, grain brokers and market operators, grain buyers, and tobacco buyers.
Also called: Buyer, Grain Buyer, Grain Merchandiser, Merchandising Manager

Knowledge:

    Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
    Business
  • customer service
  • accounting and economics
    Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
    Social
  • bringing people together to solve differences
  • talking people into changing their minds or their behavior

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
    Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
    Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative

Technology:

    Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • SAP
    Electronic mail software
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook
    Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Product producer databases

Education:

    bachelor's degree
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