Senior Buyer Retail



Jean Fowlds Consultancy

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Date posted:

Wednesday, April 20, 2022


Johannesburg, South Africa


Salary, Medical Aid, Pension/provident, 13th cheque, Incentives

Experienced SENIOR Buyer required. NDip or degree. 3-4 Years'' solid Retail experience and in a Buying role. Creative mindset and product flair. Well experienced in analysing trends. True go-getter!


The SENIOR Buyer will report and operate under the direction of the Merchandise Director with the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Researching, sourcing, and developing products, ensuring the best range offering for our market.
  • Understanding the target market and analysing trends to make informed buying decisions.
  • Building relationships with suppliers and negotiating with them for the best prices, quantities, and delivery timescales.
  • Competitive shopping and market analysis.
  • Understanding of retail pricing ladders and cost implications.
  • Monitoring the stock quality and escalating discrepancies to suppliers and management.
  • Running and analysing reports on regular basis.
  • Communicating and coordinating with the planning team and suppliers.
  • Assisting the Merchandise Director in planning promotional activities.
  • Visit stores regularly and build a trust relationship with the Operators, Regional Leaders and Ops Team.
  • Travel to meet suppliers, source products and attend trade fairs when required.

The SENIOR Buyer should possess the following skills, qualities, and qualifications:

  • Creative mindset and product flair.
  • Good understanding of the target market.
  • Commercial awareness.
  • Ability to make decisions.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Manage Jnr Buyers.
  • Math skills.
  • Interpersonal skills, particularly in negotiating.
  • Ability to multi-task and to work well in a team.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Drive and determination.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to cope under pressure and to adapt to changing situations.
  • Capability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-starter and able to work with minimum supervision;
  • Hands-on, team player, passionate, confident, and disciplined.
  • Proficiency in using Excel / PowerPoint / Outlook / SAP / BI.
  • 3-4 years experience in a buying role


This is a demanding role, we are looking for true go-getters with high levels of energy. Must be vivacious and robust and willing to go the extra mile in getting the job done. An exceptional opportunity for the individual who is career-orientated.





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