Retail Buyers select and buy goods for resale in retail establishments.

Specialisations: Merchandise Planner.

A formal qualification or extensive experience is needed to work as a Retail Buyer. A course in retail merchandise management/retail management might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Monitors sales data and stock levels, and studies trade, manufacturers' and market information to keep informed of changing market conditions.
  • Negotiates purchase, promotion and supply arrangements with suppliers.
  • Designs and implements pricing, marketing, promotional and display strategies.
  • Liaises with management on long-term planning and sales promotions.
  • Establishes working plans according to seasonal and budgetary requirements.
  • Anticipates consumer trends and determines quantity, style and quality of goods to be purchased.

More about Retail and Wool Buyers

All Retail and Wool Buyers

  • $1,810 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Retail Buyers

  • 4,100 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 58% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Retail Buyers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 4,200 in 2011 to 4,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Retail Buyers work in Victoria and New South Wales.
  • Industries: Most work in Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 58% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Retail Trade80.2
Wholesale Trade9.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.9
Manufacturing1.7
Other Industries6.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateRetail BuyersAll Jobs Average
NSW38.331.6
VIC41.525.6
QLD10.620.0
SA4.07.0
WA4.610.8
TAS0.72.0
NT0.11.0
ACT0.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketRetail BuyersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-245.0-9.39.3
25-3439.2-22.922.9
35-4428.6-22.022.0
45-5416.3-21.621.6
55-594.9-9.09.0
60-643.1-6.06.0
65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationRetail BuyersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree35.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV8.5-21.121.1
Year 1222.3-18.118.1
Year 113.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below6.8-12.512.5

A formal qualification or extensive experience is needed to work as a Retail Buyer. A course in retail merchandise management/retail management might be helpful.

Membership with Australian Retailers Association may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

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Employers look for Retail and Wool Buyers who interact well with others, provide good customer service and are reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    64% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Sales and Marketing

    63% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  3. Computers and Electronics

    59% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. English Language

    57% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-1022.00 - Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products.

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  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

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  2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    100% Important

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  3. Telephone

    100% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Contact With Others

    97% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  5. Face-to-Face Discussions

    95% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-1022.00 - Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products.

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