Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products :

Buy merchandise or commodities, other than farm products, for resale to consumers at the wholesale or retail level, including both durable and nondurable goods. Analyze past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield. Select, order, and authorize payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements. May conduct meetings with sales personnel and introduce new products. Includes assistant wholesale and retail buyers of nonfarm products.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $49,980.00
Average Time to Fill 38 days
Typical Education Bachelor's Degree
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 2,053
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) -1.28 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Resource Allocation
Oral Communication
Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Written Communication
Technology and Tool Usage
Following Directions
Customer Service
Numerical and Arithmetic Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Monitoring and Controlling Resources

Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources
Purchase stocks of merchandise or supplies
Purchase products or services
Purchase furnishings, artworks, or accessories
Develop operational budgets
Control organizational, product, or material inventory
Manage inventories or supplies

Performing Administrative Activities

Execute sales or other financial transactions
Process orders for merchandise, supplies, or services
Disperse funds from client accounts
Process account invoices
Complete purchase requisitions
Process returned merchandise

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Determine the value of goods or services
Appraise real estate values
Appraise personal property or equipment
Authorize contractual actions or expenditures
Expedite orders from vendors

Thinking Creatively

Develop advertising, marketing, or promotional materials
Develop purchasing policies or procedures
Write business project or bid proposals
Research issues related to the environment or sustainable business practices

Developing Objectives and Strategies

Develop promotional or advertising strategies
Develop sales or marketing strategies
Develop business or market strategies
Develop pricing strategies

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

Conduct meetings with clients and customers
Confer with sales or purchasing personnel
Collaborate with stakeholders to incorporate requirements into contracts
Collaborate with others to develop business strategies, practices, or policies

Getting Information

Conduct interviews to gather information about business operations
Determine customer needs
Obtain information about goods or services
Locate sources of supply for purchasing

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others

Negotiate business contracts
Negotiate sales contracts
Negotiate contracts with clients or service providers

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze market conditions or trends
Analyze sales activities or trends
Investigate alternative logistical or transportation methods or routes to reduce environmental impact

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Contract Management
Project Management
Cost Control
Business Administration
Price Negotiation
Product Development
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