Trainee Buyer - Durban

Trainee Buyer - Durban
Purpose of the role:
To effectively but to ensure constant sales growth and increase in gross margins coupled with necessary advertising spend recoupment.
Key Receivers of Work:
Stores, DC’s, Buyer assistant, suppliers, Divisional advertising co-ordinators.
Product Range and line determination:
• 1st to market
• Price Competitiveness
• Comprehensive coverage categories
• Strategy and Brand logic applied
• Good Understanding of categories
• Range Rationalization
• Effective administration maintained (complete and up-to-date)
Product Pricing (Cost and Selling Prices):
• Competitive / cheapest
• Pricing objectives based on knowledge of market prices / current trends / market leaders
• Effective utilization of negotiating skills to achieve pricing objectives
• Demonstrates personal drive to obtain best cost price
• Effective administration maintained (complete & up-do-date)
• Maintains confidentiality of sensitive information
Advertising and Promotions:
• Line selection
• Price points
• Competitor pricing
• Stock availability at suppliers
• Timeous supply of information to marketing coordinator
• Effective administration maintained (complete & up-do-date)
Manager Buyer Assistants:
• Allocates work and sets priorities
• Monitors progress and quality
• Resolves escalated issues / Provides support
• Develops – create learning opportunities / delegates tasks / expand role / coaches
• Provides regular performance feedback
• Assist Senior Buyer in selection of buyer assistant

Resolve Stock Level Issues in Stores and DC’s:
• Reaction time to resolve
• Awareness of price movements to advise DC pro-actively
• Awareness of shortages to pro-actively avoid client shortages
• Effective administration maintained (complete & up-do-date)
Merchandising Layout Determination:
• Practical
• Reflects understanding of shopper patterns
• Timeous communication with Division
• Effective administration maintained (complete & up-do-date)
Qualifications/ Education
• Grade 12 / Matric Essential
• Business diploma or degree will be desirable
• Successful completion of Trainee Buyer Program or experience as a Buyer in Food Retail
Functional Competencies
• Basic computer literacy
• Administrative skills (complete and up-to-date)
• Working knowledge of Buying-Systems
Summary of Behavioural competencies
• Persuading and influencing
• Entrepreneurial and commercial thinking
• Analysing
• Relating, networking and communicating information
• Planning and organising
• Deciding and initiating action
• Coping with pressures and setbacks
• Adapting and responding to change
• Developing others

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