ISCO 08 Code 3323     Buyers

Lead Statement
Buyers buy goods and services for use or resale on behalf of industrial, commercial, government or other establishments and organizations.

Task statement
Tasks include:

  • determining or negotiating contract terms and conditions, awarding supplier contracts or recommending contract awards for the purchase of equipment, raw materials products, services  and the purchasing of merchandise for resale;
  • obtaining information about requirements and stock and developing specifications for quantity and quality to be purchased, costs, delivery dates and other contract conditions;
  • purchasing general and specialized equipment, materials or business services for use or for further processing by their establishment;
  • inviting tenders, consulting with suppliers and reviewing quotations;
  • purchasing merchandise for resale by retail or wholesale establishments;
  • studying market reports, trade periodicals and sales promotion materials and visiting trade shows, showrooms, factories and product design events;
  • selecting the merchandise or products that best fit the establishment's requirements;
  • interviewing  suppliers and negotiating prices, discounts, credit terms and transportation arrangements;
  • overseeing distribution of merchandise to outlets and maintaining adequate stock levels;
  • establishing delivery schedules, monitoring progress and contacting clients and suppliers to resolve problems.

Included occupations
Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Buyer
  • Purchasing agent
  • Procurement officer
  • Supply officer
  • Purchasing merchandiser

Excluded occupations

  • Commodities broker - 3324

ISCO 88 Code(s) 3416
(Updated; 17.03.09) (NCvB; Mei 2010)