Wholesale & Retail Buyers


Buy merchandise or commodities, other than farm products, for resale to consumers at the wholesale or retail level, including both durable and nondurable goods. Analyze past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield. Select, order, and authorize payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements. May conduct meetings with sales personnel and introduce new products. Includes assistant wholesale and retail buyers of nonfarm products.
Also called: Buyer, Category Manager, Procurement Specialist, Trader

Knowledge:

    Business
  • sales and marketing
  • customer service
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
    Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
    Social
  • bringing people together to solve differences
  • talking people into changing their minds or their behavior
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
    Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
    Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • notice when problems happen

Personality:

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

Technology:

    Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Biztrak Business Solutions Biztrak
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
    Point of sale POS software
  • Millennium Software Atrex
  • Plexis Software Plexis POS
    Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Infor Supply Chain Management
  • Kliger-Weiss Infosystems

Education:

    bachelor's degree
    high school diploma/GED
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