Manager, Buying

Job Responsibilities: Purchasing
• Actively trade my buying area weekly and take decisions on price, range and promotions. To do this I use data on customers, competitors, sales and margin.
• Create buying plans detailing range, price, suppliers and promotional activity.
• Plan and create customer focused range to optimized sales and margin and achieve budgets.
• Agree exit plans for discontinued/delisted lines.
• Ensure regular checks of outlet. Monitor trends and derive plans to capitalize the opportunities.
• Managing and motivating a team to increase sales and ensure efficiency.
• Managing stock levels and making key decisions on stock controls.
• Dealing with staffing related issues such as interviewing potential staff, conducting appraisals, performance reviews, performance management, absenteeism, theft etc.
• Provide feedback on the needs for trainings and development of team.
• Identify new sources of supply and negotiate terms with new suppliers.
• Responding to customer’s complaints and comments, and, ability to resolve them quickly.
• Negotiate with existing suppliers to optimized performance and improve terms to reduce prices for customers.
• Attending/chairing commercial meetings or briefings or training.
• Updating by sharing information on business performance, new initiatives and other pertinent issues with colleagues and/or line manager.
• Maintaining awareness of market trends in the retail industry, understanding forthcoming customer initiatives and monitoring what local competitors are doing.
• Create and execute promotions to deliver the trade plan.
• Coordinate appropriate departments so that we have support cross functionally.
• Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Financial Accountability
• Analyzing sales figures and forecast future sales to maximize sales and margin across my trading area.
• Use Information Technology to record sales figures, for data analyzing and forward planning.
• Achieves financial objectives, expenditures, by initiating corrective actions.
• Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
• Negotiate logistics income on behalf of supply chain to improve profit for re-investment.
• Help to deliver the expenses budget and feedback to my line manager ways to reduce costs. Customer
• Use customer and competitor survey into my trading plan and trading activity.
• Visit stores to listen to feedback on how I can simplify things for stores and improve my trading area offer for customers.
• Improve my ranges for customers. People
• Review my team’s progress against objectives. At least 2 review a year.
• Have a Development Plan for my technical needs.
• Support/Coach my team to improve standards.
• Regularly plan and review work with my team.
• Spot and develop talent ready for moves and appointments.

Job Requirements
Education & Experiences
Experience hiring, training, developing,
supervising and appraising personnel.
Computer literacy in word processing, data base
management and page layout.
Strong oral and written communications skills.
Commitment to working with shared leadership and
in cross-functional teams.
Key Competencies
Extensive numeric ability, forecasting skills,
margin management.
Proven strategic, analytical, organizational and
personal skills.
Extensive numeric ability, forecasting skills,
margin management.
Extensive skills, knowledge in execution of
purchasing function.

  Employment Type:  Permanent

  Education:  Degree