As their name suggests, Buyers are in charge of buying, and at times developing what will be sold at the supermarket. Buyers should have a keen interest in business, understand numbers, and have excellent communication and negotiation skills. The buyer should also have a genuine interest in the products being sold. They need to build relationships with relevant vendors and be perceptive of seasonal product needs to ensure busier months and slower months are accounted for accordingly. Effective Buyers will do research and evaluations of different purchasing options for the company.
Example job titles include:
Strategic Procurement Buyer
Common duties include:
Replenishment buying and materials/equipment buying
Facilitate vendor selection
Manage relationship with all vendors, including price negotiations, delivery terms, sales opportunities, contract development, and performance review
Manage quality concerns
Head project teams that look to recognize consumer needs and research relevant industry information
Typical employers include:
Supermarkets, food distributors, etc.
Training and Qualifications:
Employers in this field look for applicants who have a degree from an accredited university or college in a relevant field, such as business or retail. At least 2 years of purchasing and procurement experience is preferred. Those who apply should also have a solid understanding of supply management, purchasing, and project management. Please reference the job description that you are interested in for specific certifications and/or training required.