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

  Employment Type:  Permanent

  Education:  Degree