As a buyer my job would entail buying for a company – the job title is quite self explanatory with this one. I would need to have a good eye for design though, and an awareness of the kind of thing my company is looking for. In order to complete sales I would need to have skills and experience in negotiating and sourcing – I would need to know where to go or look for new work. I would also need problem solving skills, just in case any sales don’t go to plan. The way into a job like this one would be through experience and contacts. Completing a work experience shadowing a company’s buyer would prove very insightful, and would give me some connections to people in the industry that can only prove useful when looking to become a buyer. I would start on a graduate program – that could last between 1 and 2 years – before progressing onto the full job title. After this there is the option to pursue a more senior position
In terms of qualifications: I would need at least a foundation degree, preferably a full degree. I would also need some form of experience within the industry, which is where that work experience placement would come in useful. Geographically, this job would be available in cities/towns that are home to a company’s head office.
If I decide this career is one I’d like to pursue, or you would like to pursue it; the places to find more information would be:
- Online. www.prospects.ac.uk is a really good site for giving you all of the information you need about a job.
- Work experience
- Speak to other buyers – they’re the best people to ask!