Wool Buyer

Wool Buyers are responsible for selecting and purchasing wool for use in retail and commercial outlets. They also work directly with wool growers to value the price of wool offered.

Duties and tasks

  • Appraising wool products
  • Determining the needs of particular markets
  • Monitoring stocks and sales levels for insights into markets
  • Negotiating with wool growers for a mutually satisfactory price
  • Receiving wool samples and assigning market value
  • Researching consumer trends and desires
  • Selecting wool from wool buyers for particular retail outlets

Skills required

  • Ability to persuade others
  • Active listening skills
  • High interpersonal capabilities
  • Negotiation skills
  • Oral and written communication

Working conditions

Wool Buyers often work for larger retail or commercial outfits. They may visit wool buyers on a regular or irregular basis. Wool buyers sometimes work on a freelance or entrepreneurial basis.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Wool Exchange
The Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association (ALPA)
The Australian Wool Industries Secretariat Inc (AWIS)

Related jobs and job titles

  • Hide Classer
  • Shearing Overseer
  • Stock and Station Agent
  • Valuer
  • Wool Grader
  • Wool Valuer