Hey friends! After sharing the news of my new job last week (you can read more here) I got a lot of questions about what exactly I do – and I can understand why! Being a “buyer” isn’t exactly an everyday job for a lot of people, so I opened up my IG for questions and y’all had them! Today I thought I would share more about what a buyer is, how I got into the retail industry, and what I do!
What is a Buyer? Buying?
Let’s start with the basics, what is a buyer? And what is my job, “buying”? The best way to explain it is that a buyer, buys products for a specific brand, line, or department in a retail store. It is our job to find the best products, at the best prices, that are the best quality and fill in white spaces in our brands and assortments. A super simple way to describe it is- shopping for your job! But buying is SO much more than just “shopping”. It’s all about building brands, and delivering products that your customer will love. I always say it’s my dream job – I couldn’t imagine doing anything else!
What degree do you need?
My degree is in Marketing with a minor in Mass Communications and a certificate in Retail. While my college didn’t have a specific buying or merchandising program, there are some around the country! It’s something you can look for if you are looking for a college program that would feed you into a buying career track.
How did you get into the field?
In college I took a 101 class about different careers in retail- each week we had a different person come in and guest speak about their job in various sectors of retail. One week we had a buyer from Macy’s come in, and I remember her sharing how her job was to travel, meet with vendors and designers, find the BEST product, and bring them in for her customers. As soon as she started chatting I knew that this was the job for me! I immediately started meeting with my professors in the retail center at my college to figure out what I needed to do to get into buying! And the rest, is history 🙂
Do you actually work a 9-5 schedule?
For the most part, I do! because I work for a company that is 24/7, 365 there are times when I have brands or product airing on the weekends and need to be available for any last-minute changes. But outside of those one-off situations, I work 9-5!
What is the salary range?
It really is such a range that this question is so hard to answer! Being a buyer is a tiered career path (meaning you start entry level and work your way up the career ladder) – so you’re looking at an entry level salary and then working your way up with each promotion and new title. I started as an Assistant Buyer, then an Associate Buyer, and most recently a Buyer one. I can say that my job allowed me a salary that supported my own apartment rent, car, traveling, etc when I was single! One other note- your salary will also vary greatly depending on where your company is based. Being in Florida we don’t have state taxes which is a big bonus, but our cost of living in a coastal town like mine is pretty steep! So you weigh those pros and cons. Hope that helps!
I hope this post was helpful! If there is anything I haven’t answered- please leave a comment and I’ll answer asap!! I love being a resource for y’all and sharing big pieces of my life!