Buyer Kaihoko

Buyers purchase goods to sell in warehouses, shops or department stores.

Buyers can gain certification in production and inventory management through NZPICS.

Buyers may do some or all of the following:

  • review stock levels and order products
  • review new products and consumer trends
  • talk with sales representatives and negotiate prices with suppliers
  • inspect, compare and select goods for sale
  • arrange payments and deliveries
  • decide how much to charge for goods
  • assist with product range and development.

Physical Requirements

Buyers need to be reasonably fit and healthy as they may need to lift heavy products such as wool bales.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for buyers includes:

  • sales
  • storeperson work
  • customer services
  • importing and exporting.

Personal Qualities

Buyers need to be:

  • outgoing, confident and persuasive
  • able to make good judgements
  • good communicators.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for buyers includes:

  • sales
  • storeperson work
  • customer services
  • importing and exporting.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a buyer. However, accounting, business studies and mathematics are useful.

Buyers can earn around $42K-$60K per year per year.

Buyers may progress to set up their own retail business, or move into brand or merchandise manager roles.

Buyers usually specialise in certain products such as:

  • vehicles
  • clothing
  • food
  • electronics
  • raw materials.

They may also specialise in brand management or visual merchandising.

Buyer

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