1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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3996-11 Retail Buyer

Selects and buys goods for resale in a retail establishment.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Diploma or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • monitors sales data and stock levels
  • considers profitability, marketability and suitability of goods to fit company image
  • inspects, compares and selects goods
  • negotiates purchase, promotion and supply arrangements with suppliers
  • designs and implements pricing, marketing, promotion and display strategies
  • compiles budget requirements of departments under control
  • 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
  • may specify original products, source raw materials and arrange manufacturing to specifications

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