Buyer Job Description

Buyer Job Description

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Buyer provides needs to office staff in the areas of communication equipment, telephones, copiers, FAX equipment, office supplies and office moves.

Buyer Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective buyer job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included buyer job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Updating SAP vendor's data and assure items maintenance
Handle all tactical purchasing responsibilities associated with internal/external supply chain partners to maintain a high level of customer service
Manage supplier interface and build operating cross functional teams consisting of Cost Estimating, Engineering, Program Purchasing and Finance Visit supplier plants as required
Interpret purchasing procedures to departments and suppliers
Interpret and communicate purchasing procedures to suppliers and requisitioning departments
Attends meetings representing the Purchasing Department and follows up as required (Ex
Apply the best strategies for specific project(s) and/or critical purchasing activities
Placement and system entry of purchase orders in accordance with MRP
To work with Retail Operation, Stores and Visual Merchandise to establish a balanced range of merchandise suited to the customer profile
Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with suppliers

Buyer Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Buyer

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: APICS, CPM, CPIM, ISM, CPSM, MRPT, NAPM, C.P.M, US, CPP

Education for Buyer

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the buyer job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Business, Engineering, Education, Business/Administration, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, Management, Technical, Finance, Accounting

Skills for Buyer

Desired skills for buyer include:

Jabil’s software packages
SAP
Excel
Word
Microsoft Office
MS Office
Procurement/sourcing
Purchasing
MRP
Microsoft Office Suite

Desired experience for buyer includes:

The ability to look at information and interpret it in a clear and concise fashion and suggest an action plan
Communication with management on store performance, issues, needs
Big” idea mentality
5+ yrs of merchandising experience in ready-to-wear, bags, shoes or other fashion accessories
Luxury brand experience is preferred (smaller volume/high value merchandise)
With solid OTB experience and figure sense

Buyer Examples

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Buyer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for a buyer. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for buyer
  • Communicating frequently with suppliers to ensure optimized performance levels, delivery and product quality
  • Managing and negotiating agreements and policies with suppliers, such as Quality Agreements and Supply Contracts
  • Meeting with suppliers occasionally
  • Place orders for both direct and indirect materials by converting purchase requisitions into purchase orders in a timely manner
  • Manage purchase order creation and authorization process
  • Monitor delivery time of orders and vendor performance
  • Reconciling all discrepancies on orders to guarantee accurate order delivery
  • Working in accordance with Supply Chain Planning to adjust purchase orders to meet inventory demands necessary for production and distribution
  • Assisting departments in initiating requisitions and orders, and solves problems with orders
  • Analyzing indirect/ direct spend on regular basis to identify and execute additional opportunities for potential cost savings
Qualifications for buyer
  • The ability to be proactive in finding ways to maximize business opportunities and grow the business in each market
  • With product training experience
  • Proactive, reliable, independent and open-minded
  • 2 years minimum experience in a retail buying role, preferably in the sports industry
  • College degree, business or marketing preferred
  • Upholding good internal relationships with various departments to understand the usage of materials in order to procure materials at best value
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Buyer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of buyer. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for buyer
  • Monitoring cost savings and cost avoidances
  • Creating procurement policies, guidelines and procedures
  • Annual order maintenance
  • Participating in team building trainings in order to implement procurement best practices
  • Responsible for the seasonal buy budget and buy strategy for a selected group of designers/department
  • Responsible for negotiation of terms, conditions and deliveries with assigned designers, to ensure consistent and early flow of goods/merchandise to maximize sales and meet plan
  • Managing and flexing OTB within Brands to hit the Annual and quarterly targets but remaining opportunistic and driving the best possible return for the OTB in conjunction with the Senior Buyer and Merchandiser
  • Analyse weekly reports and work with Senior Buyer & Merchandiser to review risks and maximise opportunities
  • Deputising for the Senior Buyer when appropriate
  • Continuously update Competitor knowledge within both off price and full price to ensure The Outnet is the premier off price destination
Qualifications for buyer
  • Clinical Development and/or Procurement experience
  • Management and Development of Assistant Buyer
  • Extensive relevant experience in luxury fashion retailing, preferably within a multi-brand environment and, ideally, with brands that would be appropriate for this category
  • Manages the bi-monthly forecasting of sales, markdowns and inventories through the OTB process
  • Dealing with procurement reports in relation to Purchase Orders Monthly
  • Experience leading initiatives requiring coordination of cross-functional teams
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Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of buyer. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for buyer
  • Have complete ownership of product execution and consistent review and maintenance of assortments for balance (key/core items, price points, ) according to merchandise selection plans and strategy
  • Analyze internal and broader competitive market and make recommendations to Director on how to integrate information into business
  • Drive changes to plans based on Merchandising strategies
  • Tightly manage store and distribution center inventory to meet turnover goals
  • Creates new business concepts and product to grow and improve our in store/online experience
  • Partner closely with Operations and Planning to drive top operations execution
  • Manage material procurement, supplier capacity planning, inventory management, demand analysis, and vendor managed inventory processes
  • Collaborate with supply chain management to appropriately manage components throughout product life cycle (PLC)
  • Work directly with suppliers to gain an understanding of their internal planning system and how their processes affect/interact with clients material and capacity requirements
  • Work closely with Demand Planner to allow generation of a valid production plan
Qualifications for buyer
  • Knowledge of Maintenance, Repair and Operations categories required
  • Excellent negotiation experience and ability to represent company’s interests in interactions with suppliers
  • CPSM/CPM certification a plus
  • Able to work with a mechanized inventory management system
  • Food Manufacturing background
  • Review data for accuracy and analyze the information in support of supplier agreements
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Buyer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for a buyer. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for buyer
  • Purchase medical supplies and equipment
  • Explore savings opportunities while maintaining quality standards
  • Participate in storeroom physical inventory
  • Negotiate supplier price reductions as they become necessary and in accordance with customer cost reduction initiatives, customer givebacks
  • Support/maintain basic principles of the Employee Charter and Constitution by conducting business dealings honestly, ethically and in strict compliance with all laws and regulations
  • Purchase medical equipment
  • Monitors and reports market trends relative to applicable commodities
  • Manage capacity issues within the supply base to meet Ford’s production requirements
  • Negotiate pricing with suppliers regionally, while coordinating global alignment on global programs
  • Handle resourcing, bank builds, cancellation costs, lump sums
Qualifications for buyer
  • Demonstrated confidentiality and the ability to represent the company in a professional manner
  • 3-4 years buying experience within health, beauty, home and/or lifestyle categories
  • Able to build and maintain productive relationships with peers and functional teams
  • Able to deliver strong and thorough presentations to all levels of management, clearly identifying business issues and recommending resolutions
  • Develop and implement sourcing strategies
  • Develop, support and execute negotiation strategies
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Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of buyer. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for buyer
  • Identify and confirm/select suppliers
  • Review and process requests from District personnel to fulfill material shortages requested based on District Inventory
  • Communicate and provide post-order support where appropriate
  • Work with suppliers to provide quotes and estimated ship dates
  • Providing leadership for sourcing and logistics decisions
  • Work closely with the DPL in order to align the strategy with the specificities of the therapeutic area strategy
  • Lead and conduct RFP process with ad-hoc procurement and business partner support
  • Administer all procurement activities
  • Negotiate and challenge suppliers to be as cost effective as possible
  • Ensure the procurement of company materials and supplies, services and investments at the best market conditions
Qualifications for buyer
  • Effective communicator in written and oral
  • Can work with all levels of the organization
  • Evaluate alternative solutions suggested by new suppliers aimed at the improvement of procurement
  • Ensure appropriate reporting and documentation to support inspection readiness, compliance and procurement performance
  • Support existing IT systems for supply base management tools, review/recommendation of emerging tools and systems
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with supply base

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