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According to the National Careers Service, salaries for the following levels of buyer per year are as follows: Assistant buyer – £16,000 to £24,000 Junior buyer – £25,000 and £32,000 Senior buyer – £35,000 and £40,000 Purchasing manager - £50,000 to £60,000+
What qualifications do I need to be a Buying Apprentice?
Without a degree, you are likely to go into an assistant buyer role. Those with a degree may find it easier to successfully gain a job as a junior buyer. Subjects that you could consider studying at university include:
There may also be opportunities to find an apprenticeship in buying, which would see you attend college for part of the week and spend the rest working within an organisation. There are also professional courses, such as the Level 2 Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations, the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Retail Operations and professional diplomas (Level 3 or 4) that could give you the skills needed to become a buyer.
What skills do I need to be a Buying Apprentice?
Commercial awareness is an absolute must for buyers, as is an awareness of the retail process and a good eye for numbers/analytics. You’ll need to predict changes and trends in your industry, and be extremely organised in tracking profits, losses and successes. Other essential skills include:
Good eye for quality
Good written presentation
Ability to take on feedback
What experience do I need to get a job in Buying Apprenticeship?
Buying is an extremely competitive area to work in, so you should try and get as much work experience as possible to give yourself a head start. Contact organisations directly and see if you can go in for work experience, or to shadow a buyer in their head office.