Alternative names : Purchaser
Buyers manage purchase requisitions forwarded by a mining company's divisions. They launch calls for bids from suppliers, analyze the bids received, and negotiate agreements with suppliers concerning the price, quantity and quality of products, as well as delivery times. They maintain the stocks needed for ongoing operations, taking into account the needs of the company's divisions. For example, they may be responsible for purchasing mining machinery and all the equipment needed to construct, operate and rehabilitate a mine site. They need to have strong negotiating skills and technical knowledge. During the mine construction phase, buyers may make multi-million dollar purchases.
- The work is generally performed in an office environment and requires an ability to concentrate and work methodically.