Merchandiser Buyer Jobs
Merchandising Buyer Job Overview
Merchandising buyers and purchasing agents are individuals responsible for buying new products for a retail or wholesale company. Workers typically analyze current market trends to determine what the hottest products are and what products will remain popular in the future. As shops often sell products several months before the start of a new season, buyers must know what products shoppers will want when the new season starts. They also evaluate existing suppliers and look at new suppliers to find ones that will help those shops keep costs down, and they deal with contract negotiations as well. Merchandise buyers have skills that let them transition into other retail positions, including visual merchandisers and merchandise coordinators. 
Merchandising Buyer Education Requirements
The average person working as a merchandise buyer is a college graduate with a bachelor's degree and five years of experience in the field. More than 19 percent of those currently employed in the field have a master's or advanced degree, and less than 14 percent of workers have only a high school diploma or a GED. Most positions do not come with any on the job training, which is why employers look for applicants who possess the necessary skills. Merchandising buyers have strong management, negotiation, critical thinking, public speaking and time management skills. Those who do best on the job are those who understand how retail shops operate and how to keep the costs of running a store low.
Merchandising Buyer Job Market
There were more than 500,000 people working as merchandising buyers, purchasing agents and purchasing managers in 2012. Statistics show that the job outlook of these positions is positive and that the number of available jobs will increase by 4 percent by 2022. Though this is a slower rate of growth than average, it does represent the addition of 19,700 new jobs. Merchandising buyers will work for wholesale companies, retail shops, hotels, marketing businesses and other companies that buy and sell products to customers and clients.
Merchandising Buyer Salary
Merchandising buyers make an average of $34,000 to more than $120,000 a year. Those making the largest salaries are typically merchandising managers and those running a team of merchandising experts.
Merchandise Buyer/Purchasing Agent: Determine and track market trends in consumer consumption, and make recommendation(s) for the selection of products to be purchased and sold. Research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production, and distribution capabilities, and the supplier’s reputation and history. Review catalogs, ind...
Deb Shops Inc. Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Deb Shops has an exciting opportunity for a Merchandising Buyer located in its Corporate Offices in Philadelphia, PA. Position Summary: The Merchandise Buyer will source new merchandise and review existing items to ensure products remain competitive. Fully understand the customer needs to maximize profit and provide a commercially viable range of merchandise at competitive prices. Keeping up to ...
The Merchandise Buyer will be responsible for sourcing products across varied categories with a strong emphasis on brand name merchandise for an on- line catalog. Also needs to develop strategic partnerships for continual product offerings for evaluation. The Merchandise Buyer must be able to: Find new suppliers and develop close relationships with existing ones. Negotiate with suppliers to secu...
Teespring San Francisco, CA, 94118
We Believe in a World Where People Can Create What they Dream Of... At Teespring we are working to empower our users to to turn their ideas into realities. We provide the public with the same high-quality production methods and bulk pricing that major brands have access to, without the risks and inefficiencies of traditional manufacturing. Teespring is a Y Combinator graduate and a proud partner...
Oakley, Inc. Foothill Ranch, CA, 92610
We are looking for a full-time Men’s Optics Assistant Buyer to support our Ecommerce team. Our culture is the desired hybrid of life and work. Here, you don't have to be anyone you aren't. When you walk through our doors, it's you, not you in a suit or pantyhose. It's you as you are, as you want to be, and part of an amazing team, ready to change the world. THE RUNDOWN The M...
The Buckle Kearney, NE, 68845
Responsibilities : Correspond with vendors/sale representatives on a daily basis Evaluation of production, which includes reviewing and pulling standards for fit, styling details, etc. Maintain vendor files & merchandise samples Preparation of product approvals Run merchandising reports; assist with writing merchandise orders Assist with daily incoming merchandise packages Assist buying tea...
The Merchandise Buyer – Daily Deals will be responsible for sourcing opportunity buys and close-outs with a strong emphasis on brand name merchandise. Also, needs to develop strategic partnerships for continual product offerings for evaluation across varied product classifications. The candidate should be able to identify potential products by conducting market research and staying up to date with...
Entry Level Bilingual Sales With a dedication to product quality and excellent customer service, Brother International Corporation, the US subsidiary of Japan-based Brother Industries Ltd., is committed to being at the side of their customers. Brother International is a premier provider of products for the home, home office and office that revolutionize the way you live and work. Headquartered in...
Entry Level Field Sales opportunity with Brother International. With a dedication to product quality and excellent customer service, Brother International Corporation, the US subsidiary of Japan-based Brother Industries Ltd., is committed to being at the side of their customers. Brother International is a premier provider of products for the home, home office and office that revolutionize the way...
Job Description : Want more than just a job? Join Forever 21’s Corporate team and showcase your skills while working with our exceptional employees! Position: Analyst, Email Marketing Department: E-COM Merch & Marketing Reports to: Direct Reports: No FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Location: 3880 N Mission Los Angeles, CA 90031 Department Summary: Forever 21 is seeking an innovative, energetic, a...
Burlington Coat Factory Corporation Burlington, NJ, 08016
Join Burlington Stores through our paid internship program and begin your journey into a career in the exciting world of off-price retail. With over 525 stores and 28,000 associates, we're always looking for great talent. Internship positions are located in our Corporate Office in Burlington, New Jersey, a 40 minute commute to Philadelphia. Our program is a 10 week program (June through August). ...
JustFab El Segundo, CA, 90245
Job Description Merchandise Buyer (Accessories – Handbags & Jewelry) JustFab is the leading fashion-subscription ecommerce site and lifestyle fashion brand that offers members an engaging and personalized shopping experience. The Merchandising Buyer will help grow JustFab’s Handbag and Jewelry categories and establish JustFab as the market leader in e-commerce fast-fashion. He/she will be respo...
C & S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Keene, NH
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Books-A-Million Main Newark, DE
Buyer - 2nd Charles - Newark, DE - 1200318 Description All associates are eligible to complete any Training Course. District Managers and General Managers may choose people in the store to be in line for the Co-Manager position(s) and have them complete the needed Specialist Training Courses and Management Training Course before a position becomes available. Buyer Job Summary The Buyer is resp...
Books-A-Million Main Jacksonville, NC
Buyer - 2nC - Jacksonville NC - 1200271 Description All associates are eligible to complete any Training Course. District Managers and General Managers may choose people in the store to be in line for the Co-Manager position(s) and have them complete the needed Specialist Training Courses and Management Training Course before a position becomes available. Buyer Job Summary The Buyer is respons...
Tractor Supply Company Brentwood, TN, 37024
Job Purpose: The Space Planner develops clustered merchandise plan-o-grams, based on a variety of parameters such as product assortments, store clustering, layout, size, etc. that aligns with space requirements as well as the vision of the Buyer. This person is responsible for managing the merchandising assortment to store site relationships, owning master data for product replenishment codes, lab...
Forever 21 Los Angeles, CA, 90031
Want more than just a job? Join Forever 21’s Corporate team and showcase your skills while working with our exceptional employees! Position : Analyst, Email Marketing Department : E-COM Merch & Marketing Reports to : Direct Reports : No FLSA Status : Non-Exempt Location : 3880 N Mission Los Angeles, CA 90031 Department Summary : Forever 21 is seeking an innovative, energetic, and passionat...
The Dollar General NORTON, OH
Are you ready for an exciting career move? We're a fast moving $16 billion, Fortune 200 publicly-traded company with more than 11,000 stores and 12 distribution centers in 40 states, growing by hundreds of stores each year. We work in an energetic team atmosphere that leverages each person’s strengths and maximizes potential. We are committed to attracting upbeat, talented, and motivated people wh...
Pacific Sunwear Anaheim, CA, 92808
PacSun is dedicated to embracing the amazing diversity and unique sense of adventure that California offers at every turn. For over 30 years we've called California our home, with our offices located in the sun-drenched heart of Orange County. With more than 600 stores and an Ecommerce business primed for growth, we are seeking top-tier, high energy individuals to join an industry-leading team and...
Skechers USA, Inc Manhattan Beach, CA, 90267
The Retail Merchandiser (buyer) is responsible for planning and selecting a range of products to sell in our retail stores. Merchandisers source new products and review existing items to ensure a proper product mix and balanced inventory flow. Merchandisers must adhere to assigned financial targets and “open to buy” plans, and they must consider critical factors when making purchasing decisions. T...
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$14,560.00 - $41,600.00
Typical Salary for Merchandise Marker
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Education / Training
Some College Coursework Completed
Some High School Coursework
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Prepares merchandise for sale by identifying and pricing goods; attaching price tickets; maintaining records.
Rate of Growth
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2006
Brings marked merchandise to retail floor by transporting boxes, bins, or hanging racks.
Attaches price tickets to merchandise by pinning, pasting, sewing, tying, or stapling tickets, tags, labels, or price tickets to article.
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