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How to be a buyer for a high street chain

Success Appointments’ buying consultant Katy Miskell tells you how to get your start as a buyer on the high street

Buying is becoming an increasingly competitive sector of the industry.  To be a good buyer a candidate needs to be commercial, have a good eye for trends, strong numerical skills, the ability to communicate at all levels and the drive and passion to succeed in what can be a challenging environment.

To start a career in buying, the ideal candidate will have a recent buying or fashion related degree, recent buying related work experience and retail shop floor experience too. Lots of universities offer fashion and buying related courses but the courses that offer a placement year are good, as they allow candidates to gain buying related work experience during their studies and get a good insight into the role of a buyer.  It can also be a good networking opportunity. The London College of Fashion and Fashion Retail Academy offer a selection of short courses for candidates who haven’t completed a related degree.

A career with buying will offer candidates a clear and structured career path within a fast paced and dynamic setting.

Starting salaries for entry level buying roles typically start from around £18,000.

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