Job description Chief Buyer near London (ON)
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Find out what work is like for a chief buyer in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Retail and wholesale buyers (NOC 62101).

Retail and wholesale buyers


Retail and wholesale buyers buy merchandise for resale by retail or wholesale establishments and are usually responsible for the merchandising operations of retail or wholesale establishments. Retail and wholesale buyers who are supervisors and those who are assistants are included in this unit group.

Work week duration

Retail and wholesale buyers usually work between 35 to 40 hours per week.
Between 35 to 40 hours

Job duties

Here are some of the main activities and tasks that Retail and wholesale buyers have to perform, and some of the physical demands they involve:

  • Purchase merchandise for resale by retail or wholesale establishments
  • Review requirements of establishment and determine quantity and type of merchandise to purchase
  • Study market reports, trade periodicals and sales promotion materials and visit trade shows, showrooms, factories and product design events
  • Select the merchandise which best fits the establishment's requirements
  • Interview suppliers and negotiate prices, discounts, credit terms and transportation arrangements
  • Oversee distribution of merchandise to outlets and maintain adequate stock levels
  • Establish and maintain contact with suppliers
  • May supervise the work of other retail buyers.

Physical demands Help - Physical Demands

  • Sitting

Workplaces and employers

Here are the typical workplaces where Retail and wholesale buyers are employed and some of their main characteristics:

  • Retail and wholesale establishments

Work environment Help - Physical Work Environment

  • Indoors, environmentally controlled

Physical proximity from others Help - Physical proximity from others

  • Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Related job titles

Here are some other related job titles that are found in the same occupational category (NOC 62101), and a list of similar occupations:

  • appliance buyer
  • assistant buyer
  • beverage taster and buyer
  • buyer - retail
  • buyer - wholesale
  • chief buyer
  • clothing buyer
  • food buyer
  • produce buyer

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Sources Occupational and Skills Information System & National Occupational Classification

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