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Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products

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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.

Key Competencies
* Cooperation
* Adaptability/Flexibility
* Dependability
* Attention to Detail
* Integrity
* Stress Tolerance
* Initiative
* Persistence
* Independence
* Analytical Thinking

Representative Tasks
* Buy merchandise or commodities for resale to wholesale or retail consumers.
* Negotiate prices, discount terms, or transportation arrangements with suppliers.
* Examine, select, order, or purchase merchandise consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements, or other factors, such as environmental soundness.


Job Family
Business and Financial Operations

Sample Job Titles
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