The retail buying job is an important one in any organization that sells products. A retail buyer is responsible for selecting, pricing and stocking merchandise to meet customer needs and to maximize their company’s profitability.

Job Duties


  • Negotiate with vendors to acquire supplies and merchandise at the best possible prices.
  • Ensure that brands and stock meet customer needs and expectations.

    Analyze Sales Data

  • Analyze current market trends, customer preferences and competitors to identify areas of opportunity.
  • Evaluate sales data to identify areas of risk or potential stock shortages.

    Oversee Merchandising

  • Oversee the purchasing, stock management and merchandising teams.
  • Plan and coordinate sales campaigns, promotions and special events.

    Financial Management

  • Review budgets and financial data to ensure spending is within allocated budgets.
  • Monitor stock levels and plan orders to ensure sufficient stock levels at all times.


  • Build and maintain professional relationships with vendors and other business partners.
  • Develop and deliver presentations to internal and external stakeholders.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, finance or related field.
  • Strong knowledge of retail trends and customer needs.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong financial management and budgeting skills.
  • Experience managing and leading teams.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.

The retail buyer role is an important one for any organization that sells products. It requires analytical, creative, and managerial skills. Retail buyers must be able to identify and react to changing trends and customer needs, while balancing affordability and profitability. Excellent communication, interpersonal and financial management skills are all essential for success in this role.