Assistant Buyers are responsible for administrative and financial related tasks for their organisation. They will support the Buyer and the rest of the Buying team in the organisation. Most larger organisations will have a Buying team ensuring they have the right products / materials to keep their business running. 

If you feel you are a good negotiator with a good eye for a bargain, extremely organised, a great communicator and then this could be the career for you! 

What makes a good Assistant Buyer?

It is often the Assistant Buyer’s responsibility to choose from a range of different products. Assistant Buyers will be tasked with finding the best price for products and will usually work to a budget, getting the best product for the best price is essential. To do this you must have excellent negotiation skills and therefore be able to build relationships quickly with suppliers and maintain this for future sales. 

Other duties of as Assistant Buyer:

  • Manage different aspects of supplier products
  • Inspecting quality
  • Arranging shipping costs
  • Coordinate company purchases with other departments
  • Authorise use of resources.
  • Stock control
  • Working to budgets
  • Price negotiation
  • Market research
  • Working to tight deadlines
  • Communicating between departments and with multiple suppliers

An Assistant Buyer’s role is very busy and will require a lot of multi-tasking and problem solving and can be very challenging at times. Often jobs will come in which require urgent attention, so the ability to prioritise is key. 

You can expect to progress into a Buyer position from here. It is advisible to start thinking about the CIPS qualification as this will demonstrate your passion for the role and a career in Buying to any prospective employers. Learn more about this qualification.

The average salary for an Assistant Buyer in the East Midlands - £ 25,000 pa depending on experience, however this will also differ depending on the organisation.