Retail and Wool Buyer

Retail and Wool Buyers select and buy goods for resale in retail establishments, and value and buy wool sold by wool growers.

Overview

Retail and Wool Buyers select and buy goods for resale in retail establishments, and value and buy wool sold by wool growers.

Day-to-day

  • monitoring sales data and stock levels, and studying trade, manufacturers' and market information to keep informed of changing market conditions
  • negotiating purchase, promotion and supply arrangements with suppliers
  • designing and implementing pricing, marketing, promotional and display strategies
  • liaising with management on long-term planning and sales promotions
  • establishing working plans according to seasonal and budgetary requirements
  • anticipating consumer trends and determining quantity, style and quality of goods to be purchased
  • inspecting, comparing, selecting and valuing wool by determining colour, yield, micron and length
  • inspecting and buying wool at auction, in wool brokers' stores and in farm sheds
  • receiving samples from scoured wool exchanges
  • may visit freezing works to buy slipe wool.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,810 / week
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Retail and Wool Buyer

  • You usually need relevant experience to work as a Retail or Wool Buyer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. A Vocational Education and Training (VET) or university qualification in retail, wool classing, business, marketing or another related field might be helpful.

    Take a Certificate IV in Wool Classing

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