BUYER: WOMEN’S DENIM

Job Title Buyer: Women’s Denim
Department Merchandise – Buying
Brand Ackermans
Reporting To Position Manager
Job Type Classification Permanent
Number of Positions 1
Location – Town / City Kuils River
Location – Province Western Cape
Location – Country South Africa
Job Advert We are looking for a resilient, efficient and vibrant go-getter to successfully trend, source and procure Women’s Denim merchandise in accordance with Company strategies and to grow this area of our Business. This position, reporting directly to the Buying Manager, is an exciting and challenging opportunity that will require the successful candidate to contribute significantly to enabling our Women’s Denim merchandise business to achieve its long-term sales and profit objectives.
Qualifications • A Matric/Grade 12 certificate
• A relevant qualification in Fashion, Textile Design /Clothing Production/ Product Development /Merchandising, or a related field would be an advantage
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Knowledge & Skills:

• knowledge of SA’s retail clothing market, customers and competitors
• an understanding of the Clothing Retail Cycle, critical path & buying process
• an understanding of relevant trends with a flair/eye for acceptable product for your target market
• relevant product knowledge with regards to styling and constructions
• an understanding of product components
• a sound ability to analyse and work with numerical data
• merchant skills & a sound trader mentality
• presentation skills
• a passion for keeping up to date with the latest trends, styles and colors in Women’s Denim merchandise
• is competent in all the latest Microsoft applications

Is able to:

• identify, distinguish, understand and assess colours, CAD approvals and strike offs engineer garments/products to achieve the desired value proposition
• travel (approximately 4-6 overseas trips a year)
• understand and interpret trends relevant to the product category
• create a shared vision and to positively influence others
• build ranges
• communicate effectively at all levels both within, as well as outside the company
• build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers
• effectively negotiate and secure win-win agreements with others

Experience:

• 3-5 years proven retail experience in the procurement of Women’s Denim merchandise
• Previous experience in a clothing and/or manufacturing environment would be considered as an advantage
• Women’s Denim experience preferable

Key Responsibilities 1. To achieve and exceed the departmental inflow margin and GP Rands, as signed off at the seasonal business plan meetings.
2. Building a competitive range by researching, understanding, influencing & executing the relevant seasonal trends according to the purchasing strategy.
3. To select the correct supplier for the appropriate product category and manage them according to the Company policies and procedures with reference to the approved business plan.
4. To ensure the timeous execution of procurement administration; and to source & procure the correct products in accordance with the agreed quality specifications and standards.

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CLOSING DATE: 2019/08/16

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