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International Buyer

The role of a Buyer is to manage a company's purchases. They select the products or services that a company needs to operate in the best possible conditions and at the right price. To do this, they implement the supplier strategy defined by company management, negotiating prices, setting deadlines and ensuring product quality right up to delivery.


  • They constantly monitor the market, studying the evolution of products and services by visiting suppliers and attending trade shows.

  • They draft "calls for tender" defining the desired specifications of the product or service, the quantities and the delivery times.

  • They negotiate the purchase terms in conjunction with the company's finance department.

  • They monitor contracts and ensure that quality, quantities, deadlines, deliveries, and payments comply with the terms agreed.

  • They are responsible for the business relationship with suppliers, monitor the proper execution of the contract and handle any disagreements.

Required skills

  • Strength of conviction
  • Solid interpersonal skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Ability to listen
  • Organisational skills
  • Tenacity
  • Rigour

What you need to learn/master

  • Negotiation techniques and calls for tenders
  • Purchasing tools and techniques
  • Purchasing and supply chain management
  • French business law
  • International trade rules and regulations
  • English

Career opportunities and progression

  • Purchasing Director
  • Industrial Buyer
  • Buyer Analyst
  • Procurement Management Consultant
  • Procurement Department Manager

Qualification requirements

5 years of post-High School education


Junior: €30,000 - €40,000 

Experienced: €50,000 - €60,000