Purchasing jobs include industrial buying, retail buying and corporate procurement – all of which involve buying goods for sale, or materials for manufacturing, at the best possible prices in the ideal time frame. Success in purchasing is reliant on a tenacious personality, great numeracy skills, and good relationship building skills with suppliers. Often the purchasing in question requires international communication – with all the complications of different time zones. And without fail purchasing jobs suit people who are excellent negotiators – always keen to strike the best possible deal to get the best margin for their employer. For those individuals interested in pursuing a job in purchasing, it is important to be flexible, open-minded and highly organized.