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Job Description: 
Buyers buy goods and services for use or resale on behalf of industrial, commercial, government or other establishments and organizations.

Main Tasks include -

  • (a) determining or negotiating contract terms and conditions, awarding supplier contracts or recommending contract awards for the purchase of equipment, raw materials products, services and the purchasing of merchandise for resale
  • (b) obtaining information about requirements and stock and developing specifications for quantity and quality to be purchased, costs, delivery dates and other contract conditions
  • (c) purchasing general and specialized equipment, materials or business services for use or for further processing by their establishment
  • (d) inviting tenders, consulting with suppliers and reviewing quotations
  • (e) purchasing merchandise for resale by retail or wholesale establishments
  • (f) studying market reports, trade periodicals and sales promotion materials and visiting trade shows, showrooms, factories and product design events
  • (g) selecting the merchandise or products that best fit the establishment's requirements
  • (h) interviewing suppliers and negotiating prices, discounts, credit terms and transportation arrangements
  • (i) overseeing distribution of merchandise to outlets and maintaining adequate stock levels
  • (j) establishing delivery schedules, monitoring progress and contacting clients and suppliers to resolve problems.

Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Buyer
- Purchasing agent
- Procurement officer
- Supply officer
- Purchasing merchandiser


Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
Commodities broker - 3324

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