Buyer Job Openings - 35 Jobs

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Buyer
    Pae, Inc.

    Sterling, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    BUYER
    Inova Health Systems

    Alexandria, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $63,332

    NEW
    Buyer II
    Aecom

    Germantown, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Buyer II
    Aecom

    Chantilly, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Procurement Specialist II
    Fluor

    Herndon, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Buyer
    Aecom

    Chantilly, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Procurement Specialist
    Summit Technologies, Inc.

    Herndon, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $63,332

    NEW
    Project Purchasing Representative
    Marriott International, Inc.

    Bethesda, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $63,332

    NEW
    Buyer
    Aecom

    Germantown, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Principal Procurement Specialist
    Raytheon

    Dulles Town Center, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Buyer Procurement
    Pae

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Buyer Job
    Alliant Techsystems

    Dulles Town Center, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Buyer
    Flying Food Group, Inc.

    Sterling, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Procurement Specialist
    DRS Technologies, Inc.

    Dulles Town Center, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Purchasing Agent Buyer
    Sallyport Global

    Reston, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Buyer
    Orbital ATK

    Dulles Town Center, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Buyer
    Aptim

    Alexandria, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Procurement Specialist
    Raytheon

    Dulles Town Center, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Procurement Specialist
    Jacobs

    Reston, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Procurement Specialist, Staff with Security Clearance
    Mantech International Corporation

    Herndon, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Buyer
    CBI

    Alexandria, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    BUYER
    Inova Health Systems

    Falls Church, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Procurement Specialist
    Roka Security

    Herndon, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Logistics Procurement
    STS International, Inc.

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Buyer Procurement
    Pae, Inc.

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Purchasing Coordinator
    Hyatt

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Buyer II
    Aecom

    Chantilly, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Principal Procurement Specialist
    Raytheon

    Dulles Town Center, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Buyer
    Orbital ATK

    Dulles Town Center, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Procurement Specialist
    Geologics

    Sterling, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Procurement Specialist
    National Center for Missing Exploited Children

    Alexandria, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Construction Procurement Specialist (12310, Grade H)
    The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission

    Hyattsville, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $63,332

    NEW
    Buyer
    Aecom

    Germantown, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Buyer
    Pae

    Sterling, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Procurement Specialist
    Jacobs

    Reston, VA

Buyer Jobs

average

$62,400

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting
  • Make Decisions
  • Stressful

What does a Buyer do

A buyer is any person who contracts to acquire an asset in return for some form of consideration.

how to become a Buyer

Although a high school diploma may be sufficient for some positions, many employers require buyers and purchasing agents to have a bachelor’s degree. Most entry-level positions require some form of on-the-job training.

Education

Educational requirements usually vary with the size of the organization. Although a high school diploma may be enough at some organizations, many businesses require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree. For many positions, a degree in business, finance, or supply management is sufficient.

For those interested in a career as a buyer or purchasing agent of farm products, a degree in agriculture, agriculture production, or animal science is often beneficial.

Training

Buyers and purchasing agents typically get on-the-job training for more than 1 year. During this time, they learn how to perform their basic duties, including monitoring inventory levels and negotiating with suppliers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

There are several certifications available for buyers and purchasing agents. Although some employers require certification, many do not.

Most of these certifications involve oral or written exams and have education and work experience requirements.

The Institute for Supply Management offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) credential, which covers a wide scope of purchasing professional duties. To receive the CPSM credential, candidates must pass three exams and those with a bachelor’s degree must possess at least 3 years of relevant work experience while those without a bachelor’s degree must have at least 5 years of relevant work experience.

The American Purchasing Society offers the Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) certification. The CPP certification is valid for 5 years. Candidates must earn a certain number of professional development “points” to renew their certification. Candidates initially become eligible and can renew their certification through a combination of purchasing-related experience, education, and professional contributions (such as published articles or delivered speeches).

APICS offers the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential. Applicants must have 3 years of relevant business experience or a bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible for the CSCP credential. The credential is valid for 5 years. Candidates must also earn a certain number of professional development points to renew their certification.

The Next Level Purchasing Association offers the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) Certification. Although there are no education or work experience requirements, applicants must complete six online courses and pass an SPSM exam. Certification is valid for 4 years. Candidates must complete 32 continuing education hours in procurement-related topics to recertify for an additional four-year period.

The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) offers two certifications for workers in federal, state, and local government. The Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential requires applicants to have earned at least an associate’s degree, possess at least 3 years of public procurement experience, and complete relevant training courses. The Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) requires applicants to have earned a bachelor’s degree, possess at least 5 years of public procurement experience, and complete additional training courses.

Those with the CPPB or the CPPO designation must renew their certification every 5 years by completing continuing education courses or attending procurement-related conferences or events.

The National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP), Institute for Public Procurement offers preparation courses for the UPPCC certification exams.

Advancement

An experienced purchasing agent or buyer may become an assistant purchasing manager before advancing to purchasing manager, supply manager, or director of materials management. Buyers and purchasing agents with extensive work experience can also advance to become the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. When evaluating suppliers, buyers and purchasing agents must analyze their options and choose a supplier with the best combination of price, quality, delivery, or service. 

Decisionmaking skills. Buyers and purchasing agents must have the ability to make informed and timely decisions, choosing products that they think will sell.

Math skills. Buyers and purchasing agents must possess basic math skills. They must be able to compare prices from different suppliers to ensure that their organization is getting the best deal. 

Negotiating skills. Buyers and purchasing agents often must negotiate the terms of a contract with a supplier. Interpersonal skills and self-confidence, in addition to knowledge of the product, can help lead to successful negotiations.

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Real Buyer Salaries

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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Buyer Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Union, NJ Aug 09, 2016 $175,000
Buyer III The TJX Companies, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 18, 2016 $135,000
Buyer III The TJX Companies, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 08, 2016 $135,000
Procurement Specialist Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Aug 03, 2016 $124,530
Women's Buyer YVES Saint Laurent America, Inc. New York, NY Jan 15, 2016 $120,000
Buyer II The TJX Companies, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 19, 2016 $118,371
Buyer-Men's Shoes Urban Outfitters, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jun 08, 2015 $115,000
Buyer The TJX Companies, Inc. New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $115,000
Buyer, Women's Collection Calvin Klein, Inc. New York, NY May 09, 2016 $115,000
Advanced Purchasing Coordinator (Electronics) Automotive Lighting LLC Auburn Hills, MI Nov 15, 2016 $108,576

Top Skills for a Buyer

Know what it takes to get the job done

OfficeSuppliesPurchaseOrdersNEWVendorsProceduresCustomerServiceRAWMaterialsCostSavingsInventoryLevelsBuyersRFQInventoryControlCostReductionSafetyERPRFPInventoryManagementDataEntryProductDevelopmentAdditionalSupplierPerformance

Top Buyer Skills

Buyer jobs normally have these three skills on their resumes:
  1. Office Supplies
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. NEW Vendors
The least in demand skill at the moment for buyer jobs is Supplier Performance.

Buyers, ERP, Additional, RFQ, Product Development, Safety, Cost Reduction, NEW Vendors, Data Entry, Supplier Performance, Office Supplies, Customer Service, Inventory Control, Inventory Management, Procedures, Inventory Levels, Purchase Orders, RFP, Cost Savings, RAW Materials

Top Buyer Employers

Find the best employers to advance your career

Top 10 Buyer Employers

There are currently 10 companies with Buyer jobs. The company with the highest employment for a Buyer is Us Foodservice.

Other companies that have high employment for Buyer jobs are:
  1. National Oilwell Varco
  2. Whole Foods Market
  3. Aerotek
  4. Baker Hughes

Us Foodservice, National Oilwell Varco, Whole Foods Market, Aerotek, Baker Hughes, Raytheon, Schlumberger, Flextronics, Storeroom Solutions Inc., MRO Software, Inc.

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