Merchandising is an important service industry for rural businesses throughout Australia. Rural merchants supply and provide advice on products and services that support agricultural and horticultural production.
Do you want to work in an interesting, progressive industry that has a long history and forms an important part of rural culture? Do you see yourself in a business that provides products, information, advice and a point of contact for rural people?
Working in the Australian rural merchandising industry can provide this and more! Many skilled people are needed in rural merchandising, from sales assistants to managers, to run these important rural businesses.
The type of work carried out in a rural merchandising business falls into only one level relating to training and qualifications.
|Level||Job Role||Recommended Qualification|
|Level 3||Senior Salesperson||Certificate III in Rural Merchandising|
A senior salesperson is likely to be an experienced salesperson involved in co-ordinating a wide range of store operations.
Work undertaken as a senior salesperson includes:
- using effective merchandising practices
- calculating store profits and margins
- co-ordinating a rural merchandising office
- planning the purchase of goods and services
- selling agricultural machinery
- providing leadership in the workplace
- developing and maintaining a safe workplace and environment
Many senior salespersons have considerable experience in a rural merchandising business. Some have also worked in other retail areas. They have a broad knowledge of rural products and are able to advise farmers about their use.
Senior salespersons usually work closely with other sales assistants and assist in the training of new and inexperienced staff. The national qualification available for a senior salesperson is the Certificate III in Agriculture (Rural Merchandising).
Priority areas for working as a senior salesperson include providing customer service, co-ordinating merchandising practices, purchasing of goods and services, and product knowledge of agricultural goods.