Footwear Buyer

Southern Tigray Zone
2018-01-15 13:31:16

Key Performance Areas (KPAs)

Achieve financial targets

  • Formulate departmental strategies to maximize sales and then timeously source and secure stock to implement accordingly
  • Achieve sales as per monthly/annual targets set
  • Achieve cost of net sales
  • Adhere to product development budget

Drive footwear products creatively and innovatively in product range

  • Keep abreast of future trends (using internal and external resources) and build into seasons range
  • Demonstrate a lateral and innovative approach to all aspects of product, combining creative flair with commercial viability
  • Ensure range displays a sense of style and attention to detail
  • Strives for development of unique HomeChoice footwear product

Achieve technical application of product

  • Critically appraise successes and failures through analysis and critique sales reports for opportunities
  • Demonstrates a traded approach in evaluating and taking advantage of opportunities
  • Builds a focused and effective supplier base, by finding new suppliers and maintaining beneficial relationships with suppliers
  • Provide detailed and clear briefs to suppliers, marketing, etc.
  • Demonstrates a sound technical understanding of product and apply this to visualize the end product in production and style
  • Knowledgeably, confidently and professionally presents merchandise at key reviews and meetings
  • Ensure range is balanced across all variables and lifestyles e.g. contemporary vs traditional
  • Ensure all product meets required quality standards

Effectively utilize systems and processes

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the manufacturing process, e.g. lead times, costings, etc.
  • Uses merchandise buying calendar effectively to plan and prioritize work
  • Develop and apply effective administrative and time management skills to logically implement plans and meet department goals and deadlines: time invested versus benefit
  • Ensure management and follow up on order generation

Display sound trader instinct

  • Keep up to date on local and international retail trends and anticipate changes
  • Identify competitors and monitor their activities closely
  • Conduct regular store visits in order to compile cross shop reports


Qualifications & Accreditations

    • Relevant tertiary education

Experience & Skills

    • A Minimum of 2 years' buying experience in a retail and/or eCommerce environment
    • A proven solid track record in buying
    • Experience in sourcing out of China
    • Buying exposure in Footwear specifically would be advantageous
    • Knowledge and/or experience with branded footwear will be an added advantage
    • Fashion-forward sensibility and ability to identify and capitalize on current trends
    • Proven negotiation skills and experience with supplier management
    • A clear understanding of the retail cycle and buying process
    • A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of SA’s retail clothing and footwear market, customers, and competitors
    • Advanced level in MS Office package – with a specific focus on Excel and PowerPoint

Attributes & Behaviours

    • Strong planning and organizational skills
    • Analytical ability, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels
    • Team player with the ability to build relationships at all levels
    • High-performance delivery orientation with a quality focus and within tight deadlines
    • Is proactive and demonstrate a strong creative flair and ability to be flexible
    • Assertive with a high degree of decision-making ability
    • An entrepreneurial, creative merchant style of thinking with strong business acumen and understanding of the target market
    • Emotional maturity, resilience and personal effectiveness

Work Level Mid-Level Type Permanent Salary Market Related

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