Roles and missions of the buyer

A Buyer represents a very important and responsible position within an organization, which translates into various roles and missions. Indeed, the Buyer's main function is to search for and select the appropriate suppliers for all the products and services that the company needs. His/her tasks and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Conduct in-depth research and analysis to find the suppliers that offer the best quality/price ratio.
  • Establish contracts and agreements with suppliers to obtain the best commercial terms and optimal prices.
  • Negotiate prices and participate in auctions to purchase products at lower prices.
  • Manage and monitor supplier relationships to ensure quality and compliance of products and services
  • Manage inventory to avoid shortages and reduce costs.
  • Ensure security and compliance of procurement and delivery procedures.
  • Evaluate supplier performance and contracts.
  • Update supplier management system to improve quality and service performance.
  • Develop procurement strategies to improve processes and reduce costs.
  • Develop and maintain reporting and reporting on procurement activities.

The Buyer is a very important position, requiring a great deal of purchasing expertise and knowledge of the products and services needed by the company. It is therefore important that this person is able to make intelligent and informed decisions so that the company can benefit from good prices and quality products.

Salary and career development of the buyer

The salary of a Buyer can vary depending on the level of experience, the company and the geographical region, but on average, Buyers earn between 25,000 and 50,000 euros gross per year in France. The evolution of the gross annual salary for a Buyer in France is as follows

  • 0 to 2 years: between 25 000 and 30 000 euros gross per year
  • 2 to 5 years: between 30 000 and 35 000 euros gross per year
  • 5 to 10 years: between 35,000 and 45,000 euros gross per year
  • 10 to 15 years: between 45,000 and 50,000 euros gross per year
  • More than 15 years: more than 50,000 euros gross per year

In terms of career development, there are various professions for buyers who can aim higher and broaden their skills. Among these professions, we can mention:

  • Purchasing analyst ;
  • Purchasing manager ;
  • Product manager ;
  • Project manager;
  • Logistics consultant.

Advantages and disadvantages of being a buyer

  • Opportunity to work with a variety of products and suppliers.
  • Good salary and benefits.
  • Work with dynamic and motivated colleagues.
  • Work at your own pace and on your own schedule.
  • Opportunity to adapt to new technologies and products.
  • Stress and pressure of making important decisions and negotiating prices.
  • Large amount of paperwork and data to review before making a decision.
  • Time and priority management requirements.
  • Responsibility to ensure that product ordered is delivered on time and of high quality.
  • Responsibility to meet budgets and measure financial performance.

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