Retail Buyer Skills List

Retail Buyer Skills for Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews

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Here's a list of skills employers seek in the candidates they hire for retail buyer jobs. Skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

Retail Buyer Skills

A – C

  • Accuracy
  • Adaptability
  • Adhering to Deadlines
  • Aiding in the Development of Product Specifications
  • Analyzing Past Product Performance
  • Analyze Results
  • Analyzing Retail Sales Patterns
  • Assertiveness 
  • Assessing Category Trends
  • Assessing Customer Preferences
  • Assessing the Impact of Buying Decisions on Brand Identity
  • Attend Trade Shows
  • Building Relationships with Suppliers
  • Collaboration with Product Specialists and Brand Teams
  • Communication
  • Computer
  • Conducting Comparative Evaluations of Suppliers
  • Conducting Visits with Vendors at Trade Shows, Market Events and Vendor Facilities 
  • Creativity

D - J

  • Decision Making
  • Detail Orientation
  • Determining Product Carryover
  • Develop and Track Forecasts
  • Devising Pricing Strategy
  • Disseminating Product Information
  • Estimating Appropriate Quantities of items for Purchase
  • Evaluating the Competition
  • Evaluating the Presentation of Products in Catalogs and Websites
  • Fashion Sense
  • Flexibility
  • Forecasting Sales
  • Gathering Input from Retail Sales Staff
  • Generating Reports
  • Identifying Brands
  • Identifying Key Selling Periods

L - Q

  • Learning and Utilizing Merchant Data Systems
  • Lobbying for Additional Resources 
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Monitoring Progress Towards Key Performance Indicators
  • Multitasking
  • Negotiating Purchase Agreements
  • Obtain Quotes
  • Organizational
  • Partnering with Merchandise Planners to Control Inventory
  • Plan Promotions
  • Planning Proper Assortment of Products
  • PowerPoint
  • Presenting Purchasing Plans to Upper Management
  • Prioritizing
  • Problem Solving
  • Product Analysis
  • Product Evaluation
  • Product Selection
  • Product Styling

R - Z

  • Recommending Foci for Customer Research
  • Recommending In-Season Sales and Liquidations
  • Retail Mathematics
  • Reviewing Data on Item Returns
  • Review Products
  • Routing Merchandise to Retail Outlets based on Geography and Demographics
  • Search for Vendors
  • Select Vendors
  • Selecting Sampling Vendors
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Timing the Introduction of New Lines
  • Trends
  • Verbal Communication
  • Written Communication

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