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 Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
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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Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Resource Allocation
Attention to Detail
Oral Communication
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Customer Service
Following Directions
Written Communication
Conflict Management

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Monitoring and Controlling Resources

Monitor inventories of products or materials
Purchase stocks of merchandise or supplies
Manage inventories or supplies
Purchase products or services
Inventory stock to ensure adequate supplies
Control organizational, product, or material inventory
Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources
Purchase furnishings, artworks, or accessories
Determine supplier with best bid
Maintain inventory of office supplies
Pay charges, fees, or taxes
Requisition stock, materials, supplies or equipment
Collect deposits, payments, funding, or fees

Performing Administrative Activities

Execute sales or other financial transactions
Process orders for merchandise, supplies, or services
Process account invoices
Disperse funds from client accounts
Complete purchase requisitions
Process returned merchandise
Process customer transactions
Process credit transaction
Answer customer questions about goods or services
Answer questions from customers or the public
Distribute informational bulletins
Rent items to customer
Prepare bank deposits

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze sales activities or trends
Analyze market conditions or trends
Determine sources or targets for upcoming procurements
Analyze business or financial data
Analyze financial data or information
Review customer records
Investigate alternative logistical or transportation methods or routes to reduce environmental impact

Getting Information

Determine customer needs
Locate sources of supply for purchasing
Obtain information about goods or services
Investigate customer complaints
Gather customer or product information to determine customer needs
Conduct business, market, or managerial research
Conduct interviews to gather information about business operations
Review customer instructions

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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.

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Contract Management
Project Management
Cost Control
Business Administration
Price Negotiation
Product Development
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