Buyer or procurement officer
- 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.
Typical Education Level
Level 3 NVQ; A Levels
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 10% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for buyer or procurement officer is £25,799
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 2,171. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for buyer or procurement officer roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £25,799 per year. That is about £2,150 per month or £13.23 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,221, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £52,208
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 2,171 people are employed in the region.