Buyer - Salary and Career

Buyer - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They receive purchase requisitions, carry out the quotation process and complete the purchase of services, products, raw materials and equipment for the wholesale and retail trade, for industries, companies, public and private agencies. They accompany the flow of deliveries, develop suppliers of materials and services, supervise staff and purchase processes. They prepare reports and act as an interlocutor between requesters and suppliers.

How much does an Buyer earn

A Buyer earns between $1.592 and $8.956 per month, with an average monthly salary of $3.600 and a median salary of $3.000 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 45.468 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Buyer

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 3.600 43.203 900 17
1º Quartile 1.592 19.106 398 7
Median Salary 3.000 36.000 750 14
3º Quartile 6.831 81.966 1.708 32
Higher Salary 8.956 107.477 2.239 42

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium level technicians in administrative sciences
      • middle level technicians in business operations
        • buyers

Related Positions:

Main workplaces

Buyers they work in agribusiness, wholesale and retail trade, industries and the service sector. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, they work individually, under supervision, in closed environments, during the day. It is common to spend a lot of time sitting, in uncomfortable positions, on the phone and subject to pressures that can cause stress.

What does it take to work in the field of Buyers

The exercise of these occupations requires secondary education to incomplete higher education, depending on the nature of the products purchased. The full performance of the activities occurs after three to four years (buyer) and another five years (sales supervisor) of experience in the area.

Functions and activities of Buyer

Buyers must:

  • monitor delivery flow (follow up);
  • communicate;
  • follow up delivery;
  • develop suppliers of materials and services;
  • execute quotation process;
  • receive purchase requisitions for materials or services;
  • run quote process;
  • follow up delivery flow;
  • complete the purchase of materials or services;
  • completing the purchase of materials or services;
  • supervise team and purchasing processes;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • run quotation process;
  • supervise team and purchase processes;
  • develop materials and services suppliers;
  • develop material and service providers;
  • monitor flow of deliveries (follow up);
  • developing suppliers of materials and services;

  • Activities

    • propose the development of new or alternative materials;
    • charge delivery of materials or services;
    • send purchase order or contract for approval;
    • update with the market and technological changes;
    • hold meetings to evaluate work and motivate employees;
    • notify users and suppliers of rejected materials;
    • schedule a technical visit to the supplier;
    • stipulating the terms of the purchase agreement;
    • stay versatile and dynamic;
    • check quantities of materials or services requested;
    • control the processes of acquisition of materials or services;
    • define the supplier;
    • instruct on procedures for the purchasing area;
    • visiting fairs and exhibitions;
    • signing a contract for the purchase of materials or services;
    • return rejected materials;
    • interviewing suppliers;
    • prepare reports to monitor the purchase process;
    • select suppliers;
    • choose the best trading conditions;
    • organize competition processes;
    • check material or service specifications;
    • check inventories;
    • request samples or catalogs of materials or services;
    • provide for the replacement of materials or services under warranty;
    • work ethically;
    • ensure compliance with internal rules;
    • approve purchase orders;
    • obtain delivery location information;
    • suggest material or service options to the applicant;
    • check the existence of funds;
    • prepare employee performance reports;
    • negotiate damages resulting from rejected materials;
    • consult sources of information about suppliers;
    • act with emotional balance;
    • archive purchasing processes;
    • determine date for submission of quotations;
    • request quotes;
    • identify items with higher consumption;
    • prepare material non-compliance reports;
    • group requisitions by branch or segment of materials or services;
    • demonstrate ability in financial calculations;
    • research supplier references;
    • analyze quotes;
    • register requisitions;
    • issuing a purchase order;
    • interpret texts;
    • deal with internal and external pressures;
    • prepare supplier visit reports;
    • negotiate prices, payment terms and conditions with suppliers;
    • registering suppliers;
    • prepare price change reports;
    • demonstrate initiative;
    • nominate employees for promotion;
    • propose courses or training for employees;
    • rationalize the flow of procedures;
    • check the delivery time of materials or services;
    • check the delivery of materials or services;
    • demonstrate a sense of observation (be observant);
    • demonstrate resourcefulness to communicate;
    • collaborate on budget planning;
    • confirm purchase order;
    • write communications and correspondence;
    • order samples or catalogs of materials or services;
    • forward materials or services for testing;
    • search for supplier references;
    • evaluate employee performance;
    • mount quotation sheets;
    • identify families (branches) of materials or services;
    • open bids;
    • follow safety, health and environmental standards;
    • review open orders;
    • organize competition processes;
    • updating the supplier register;
    • demonstrate objectivity;
    • monitor the new delivery of materials;
    • evaluating the performance of suppliers;
    • participate in the selection of employees;
    • demonstrate proactivity;
    • communicate to departments about purchases made;
    • participate in the approval of suppliers, materials and services;
    • providing the replacement of materials or services under warranty;

    Sectors that hire Buyer the most in the job market

    • combined office and administrative support services
    • temporary labor lease
    • building construction
    • retail merchandise in general, with predominance of food products - supermarkets
    • holdings of non-financial institutions
    • engineering services
    • hospital care activities
    • restaurants and similar
    • retail trade of new parts and accessories for motor vehicles
    • road transport of cargo, except dangerous goods and removals, intercity, interstate and international

    Featured Professions:

    Resort manager - Salary and Career
    service operations managers in a tourism, accommodation and food company

    Resort manager