Assistant buyer/merchandiser apprenticeship

Source, select, maintain and deliver the right products to meet demand and business objectives

An assistant buyer or merchandiser understands the brand and customer in order to source, select, maintain and deliver the right products to meet demand and business objectives. Using effective business forecasting, risk/opportunity analysis, creativity and business insight, you’ll anticipate and shape customer demand and market trends. Assistant buyers identify and source the right products and services for the organisation to sell to its customers. Merchandisers, on the other hand, ensure that the right products are available to customers in the right place at the right time and in the right quantities. In either role, you’ll develop and implement a buying or merchandising strategy to ensure current and future customer demand is researched, anticipated and satisfied. During the assistant buyer/merchandiser apprenticeship you’ll anticipate and prepare for new markets through customer insight and research activities, and contribute to company profit through efficient, effective and sustainable buying or merchandising.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Business studies

Entry requirements for the assistant buyer/merchandiser apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely A-levels or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum

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