Buying Manager (Footwear) New!

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13-April-2017 08:01:14
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This position for Buying Manager, reporting directly to the Buying Director is an exciting and highly challenging opportunity that will require the successful candidate to contribute significantly to enabling the business to achieve its long-term strategic objectives and profitability indicators.



  • Achieving and exceeding the Company’s inflow margin and GP Rands as signed off at the seasonal business plan meetings
  • Developing, influencing and driving the SBU’s seasonal product and purchasing strategy in line with Company objectives (i.e. the Business Plan)
  • Effectively influencing the selection of merchandise in line with the approved product matrix to meet the target customers’ needs in terms of price, quality and fashionability, in order to deliver to the Company’s agreed value proposition



  • A comprehensive knowledge/understanding of SA’s retail clothing market, customers and competitors
  • Good judgment, together with strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • The ability to influence across various levels and functions within the business
  • The ability to communicate effectively at all levels both within, as well as outside the company
  • Merchant skills & a sound commercial mentality
  • A flair/eye for product and building ranges to current trends
  • Excellent interpersonal, people management, team management & leadership skills
  • Sound strategic thinking skills, as well as the ability to formulate functional objectives related to business strategy
  • Exceptional planning, organising & time management skills
  • Conflict management skills
  • Networking skills & the ability to be resourceful
  • The ability to:

-          be resilient, have tenacity and maintain high levels of drive and initiative under pressure

-          create a shared vision and to positively influence others

-          be assertive

-          work independently, as well as be a team player

-          be deadline-driven and results-driven





  • Buying experience of which at least 5 years is at a senior level within a clothing/footwear retail environment
  • Previous senior managerial experience to understand the inner workings and product strategies and philosophies of a business.
  • Integral understanding of the Clothing Retail Cycle & Buying process
  • Experience in developing strategy and implementing strategic interventions in a rapidly changing global and local context
  • A Grade 12 Certificate/Matric



  • A relevant degree/qualification in Fashion, Textile Design/Clothing or Footwear Production/ Product Development/Merchandising, or a related field.


Position located in Cape Town. Call Gabi Traut on 021 461-2613

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