The "assistant buyer" title is very deceiving as we did not have the power to make any purchasing decisions. The role consists of getting suppliers to return a quote reflecting a price that has already been pre-negotiated by the production buyer. Lots of follow up since suppliers do not like to respond to quotes, and also lots of chasing correct contacts as suppliers have high turnover rates for their account managers. Contract workers are considered "part of the GM family," even though our pay was half of what direct employees receive, with little to no benefits. No job security or room for advancement, and our entire team was laid off with zero notice a month before Christmas. I was fortunate enough to have a good supervisor and co-workers, but that was the only up-side.
Job security, room for advancement