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Fashion Buyer Job Profile

May 23, 2024 - May 23, 2024   

Find out the typical duties requirements and opportunities of a fashion buyer… 


Job Description

As a buyer, you must plan and select a range of products to be sold in designated retail outlets. Key factors a buyer must take into consideration include: customer demand, store policy, financial budgets and market trends. To be a successful buyer you must source new merchandise and review existing products to remain competitive. Retail Buyers have to keep up to date with market trends, so that they are able to react to the changes in demand; they usually have close relationships with merchandisers in order to do this. To be a buyer you have to make sure customer needs are being met,  this is so that you are able to provide a commercially viable range and maximise profits.  Working with design teams, you will help plan and prepare new ranges, as well as give presentations.  In what is often a pressured environment, retail buyers must be able to cope with the tasks at hand and the amount of responsibility they are given.

Typical Duties


Skills and Interests

To be a good buyer, you should:


Job Requirements

Typically to get into fashion buying, you need a relevant degree, but sometimes a higher national diploma or equivalent is accepted. Many companies ask for specific qualifications such as a degree in fashion design or fashion textiles, but experience in business/management, economics or foreign languages can prove to be particularly useful.  If you can get work experience within buying whilst studying, this will help you a lot when applying for roles.


The larger the company the better the promotional prospects become, although progression will depend on your abilities and qualifications. Some retailers offer graduate management trainee schemes, which help you to progress to buying roles. When you finally get the job, you may be offered the opportunity of gaining professional CIPS qualifications, which are internationally recognised. CIPS Certificates in Purchasing and Supply are for people with few or no qualifications employed in purchasing at a clerical level, or in stores and warehouses. On completion, you may move onto courses leading to CIPS professional stages. Certificates are available at many colleges running the CIPS Graduate Diploma, with most courses part-time and taking one year. There is a possibility you may get the chance to work abroad, and salaries range from £12,500 to £50,000 depending on experience.


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