Buyers are responsible for ensuring that the materials required for construction projects are provided to schedule and according to projected budgets.

The Role

  • Providing prices for all materials included in project plans and drawings
  • Identifying potential suppliers and new products
  • Contacting a range of suppliers and sub‐contractors to obtain quotations
  • Agreeing delivery times
  • Keeping detailed records and maintaining well‐organised work schedules
  • Assessing the reliability of sub‐contractors and suppliers
  • Dealing effectively with challenges with suppliers and the flow of materials
  • Ensuring compliance with the safety, health and environment requirements of materials and services
  • Providing advice to the project estimator on the predicted cost of individual items
  • Liaising closely with the estimator at the tendering stage to ensure that an accurate project cost is provided
  • Preparing and maintaining cost reports in order to maximise efficiency within the business
  • Negotiating and agreeing the most favourable terms possible with suppliers once a contract has been secured
  • As a buyer, you will mainly work in an office, and can expect to work around 40 hours a week.


  • Newly trained buyers can earn in the region of £18,000 - £22,000
  • Trained with experience buyers can earn in the region of £22,000 - £33,000
  • Senior, chartered or master buyers can earn in the region of £33,000 - £50,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status. 

Qualifications and Training

There are no formal qualifications required for becoming a buyer; however you may want to complete GCSE’s in Mathematics and English or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals.

Some buyers may complete an NVQ or HND in a construction related subject, such as Diploma Level 3 NVQ in Construction Management. 


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