Buyers and procurement officers


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Buyers and procurement officers organise and undertake the buying of raw materials, equipment and merchandise from manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and other sources for wholesale distribution, resale or for own internal use.


There are no formal academic requirements although some employers expect A levels/H grades, BTEC/SQA awards or degrees. Employers may ask for specific experience for a particular role. Professional qualifications and NVQs/SVQs in Procurement at Levels 2, 3 and 4 are available.

Typical tasks

  • attends trade fairs, shows and demonstrations to research new product lines and suppliers, checks catalogues;
  • keeps up with market trends and chooses products/services;
  • assesses budgetary limitations and customer requirements and decides on quantity, type, range and quality of goods or services to be bought;
  • assesses bids from suppliers, finds suppliers and negotiates prices;
  • helps negotiate contract with supplier and specifies details of goods or services required;
  • looks at ways to improve supply networks, presents new ideas to senior management team;
  • ensures that delivered items comply with order, monitors quality of incoming goods and returns unsatisfactory or faulty items, monitors performance and makes sure targets are met;
  • supervises clerical, administrative and warehouse distribution staff, deals with recruitment and training;
  • works closely with merchandisers who allocate stock and develop sales forecasts;
  • maintains records and prepares reports as necessary.

Common job titles

Buyer, store
Controller, purchasing
Officer, supplies, chief
Assistant, buying (wholesale trade)
Assistant, trading (retail trade)
Estimator and buyer (retail trade)
Buyer, space
Controller, buying
Coordinator, supplies
Agent, buying
Officer, contract (government)
Officer, supplies
Planner, demand (photographic)
Buyer, advertising
Officer, purchasing
Selector, range (retail trade)
Administrator, contracts, purchasing
Consultant, wine
Coordinator, purchasing
Buyer, media
Buyer, print
Officer, supply, armament
Planner, supply
Officer, contracts
Buyer and estimator
Consultant, purchasing
Executive, purchasing
Officer, procurement
Officer, contract
Agent, purchasing
Assistant, purchasing (wholesale trade)
Planner, merchandise
Engineer, purchasing
Officer, contracts (government)
Buyer, fashion
Officer, supply (MOD)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.