(NOC 6222)


  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A university degree or college diploma in business, marketing or a related program is usually required.
  • Previous work experience in retail or wholesale establishments is usually required.
  • Supervisors and senior buyers require experience in the occupation supervised or in a particular merchandise line.

Degrees Associated with This Career

High School Diploma

Useful Experience/Skills

Negotiate prices, discounts, credit terms and transportation arrangements with suppliers
Maintain adequate stock levels
Establish and maintain contact with suppliers
Review requirements of establishment and determine quantity and type of merchandise to purchase
Arrange product according to planogram
Provide customer service
Supervise work of other buyers
Study market reports, trade periodicals and sales promotion materials and visit trade shows, showrooms, factories and product design events
Visit trade shows, showrooms, factories and product design events
Oversee distribution of merchandise to outlets

Useful Secondary School Subjects

Computer-related courses

Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Brand Management Certificate; Advanced
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Modified on February 24, 2020