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Buyers and Procurement Officers

Buyers and procurement officers organise and undertake the buying of raw materials, equipment and merchandise from manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and other sources for wholesale distribution, resale or for own internal use.

More about this Career

Average Salary


New workers start around £23260. Normal pay is £32859 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £67045.



Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full and part-time jobs.

Daily Tasks

  • Maintains records and prepares reports as necessary.
  • Works closely with merchandisers who allocate stock and develop sales forecasts.
  • Supervises clerical, administrative and warehouse distribution staff, deals with recruitment and training.
  • Ensures that delivered items comply with order, monitors quality of incoming goods and returns unsatisfactory or faulty items, monitors performance and makes sure targets are met.
  • Looks at ways to improve supply networks, presents new ideas to senior management team.
  • Helps negotiate contract with supplier and specifies details of goods or services required.
  • Assesses bids from suppliers, finds suppliers and negotiates prices.
  • Assesses budgetary limitations and customer requirements and decides on quantity, type, range and quality of goods or services to be bought.
  • Keeps up with market trends and chooses products/services.
  • Attends trade fairs, shows and demonstrations to research new product lines and suppliers, checks catalogues.

Skills Employers are looking for

Soft Skills

Soft skills are non-technical skills that include how you interact with colleagues, solve problems, and manage your work

  • Active Listening


  • Critical Thinking


  • Reading Comprehension


  • Speaking


  • Learning Strategies


  • Writing


  • Monitoring


  • Mathematics


  • Active Learning


  • Science


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