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Buyers make up a key component of a firm’s supply chain. They buy the goods and services the company or institution needs to either resell to customers or for the establishment’s own use. Wholesale and retail buyers purchase goods for resale, such as clothing or electronics and purchasing agents buy goods and services for use by their own company or organization such as raw materials for manufacturing or office supplies. They try to get the best deal for their company, meaning the highest quality goods and services at the lowest possible cost to their companies.

In order to accomplish these tasks successfully, buyers study sales records and inventory levels of current stock, identify foreign and domestic suppliers, and keep abreast of changes affecting both the supply of, and demand for, needed products and materials.

Most purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents work in comfortable offices. They frequently work more than the standard 40-hour week, because of special sales, conferences, or production deadlines.


US Bureau of Labor Statistics- Occupational Outlook Handbook

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