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Buyers and procurement officers

Average National Salaries (2017)

Age 20

£17,160 pile of coins

Age 35

£34,840 pile of coins

Age 50

£41,080 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £33,280

What does this career do?

Buyers and procurement officers organise and undertake the buying of raw materials, equipment and merchandise from manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and other sources for wholesale distribution, resale or for own internal use.

Typical tasks

  • attends trade fairs, shows and demonstrations to research new product lines and suppliers, checks catalogues
  • keeps up with market trends and chooses products/services
  • assesses budgetary limitations and customer requirements and decides on quantity, type, range and quality of goods or services to be bought
  • assesses bids from suppliers, finds suppliers and negotiates prices
  • helps negotiate contract with supplier and specifies details of goods or services required
  • looks at ways to improve supply networks, presents new ideas to senior management team
  • 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
  • supervises clerical, administrative and warehouse distribution staff, deals with recruitment and training
  • works closely with merchandisers who allocate stock and develop sales forecasts
  • maintains records and prepares reports as necessary.

Current entry requirements

There are no formal academic requirements although some employers expect A levels/H grades, BTEC/SQA awards or degrees. Employers may ask for specific experience for a particular role. Professional qualifications and NVQs/SVQs in Procurement at Levels 2, 3 and 4 are available.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2018)
Female
(2018)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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