The Assistant Buyer is responsible for supporting the Buyer in all aspects of merchandise planning and buying. The Assistant Buyer works with the Buyer to develop merchandise strategies that support the overall business plan. The Assistant Buyer is responsible for analyzing sales data, trends, and customer needs to develop assortments that meet customer demands. The Assistant Buyer also works with vendors to negotiate pricing and terms, place orders, and track shipments.

Assistant Buyer Job Responsibilities

  • Assist the buyer in developing and implementing purchasing strategies
  • Conduct market research to identify new suppliers and products
  • Negotiate contracts with suppliers
  • Monitor supplier performance and resolve any issues that may arise
  • Maintain accurate records of all purchases and pricing information
  • Prepare reports for the buyer on a regular basis
  • Assist in the development of long term relationships with key suppliers


  • To increase efficiency and reduce costs within the purchasing department.
  • To streamline processes and procedures related to purchasing.
  • To develop and maintain positive relationships with vendors.
  • To negotiate favorable terms and prices with vendors.
  • To ensure timely delivery of goods and services purchased.

Assistant Buyer Job Skills & Qualifications Needed

  • The skills and qualifications needed for the role of Assistant Buyer vary depending on the company. However, most employers will require candidates to have a bachelor's degree in business administration or a related field. Additionally, employers will typically look for candidates who have previous experience working in purchasing or supply chain management. Strong analytical and communication skills are also important for this position.