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Senior Buyer (Department Manager)

WC - Cape Town CBD
Date Posted:
05 Jul 2017
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 ** This vacancy is not meant for a buyer /procurement person who is used to negotiating pricing on a very high level coupled with the fact that you have to put your own strategy plan together, based on analysis, on what to buy. **

A leading retailer is looking for a highly talented, experienced Department Manager to join there team in Cape Town.


  • Bachelor’s degree (commerce degree preferable) (Candidates may be considered with a national diploma coupled with Matric Maths but higher grade)
  • 3 years commercial/retail buying experience

Attributes required:

  • Strong analytical ability; able to find, extract and use data to make decisions. Letting data decide but not consume
  • Strong willingness to learn
  • Proven track record of negotiation and stakeholder management
  • Entrepreneurial/commercial mind set
  • FMCG experience is a plus

Duties will include:

  • Develop a comprehensive strategy/plan to drive growth across the department in sales, brands, suppliers and new product listings
  • Source and prioritize new brands and suppliers per this growth plan and in line with market trends and consumer demand
  • Deliver against key financial and service level performance indicators within the department (sales, margin, listings availability, stock cover etc.)
  • Manage and develop supplier relationships, negotiate good prices, improve trading terms and manage suppliers per strict SLAs
  • Develop a promotional programme, source great deals and manage site merchandising for the department
  • Support the operations team in delivering a world-class customer experience – monitor department returns, support the customer service team on product queries and resolving any customer complaints
  • Manage stock and availability (including replenishment orders, stock cover) 


Application process:

Should you be interested in this position and meet the above criteria, forward your MS Word CV to Marinda Kritzinger - (Please not in PDF format)


You are welcome to refer to HR Legend’s website for Marinda’s contact details listed under Featured Jobs.  (HR Legend dot com)


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.