Sourcing Specialist – Group Merchandise Procurement

Cape Town
South Africa
2018-07-03 10:06:27

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for a Sourcing Specialist in the Merchandise Procurement Division of The Foschini Group. If you would like the opportunity to join a leading retailer in South Africa, and you possess the following abilities then this is the ideal position for you.

The successful candidate will identify and communicate with existing and potential suppliers in order to control costs, increase speed to market and satisfy the customers’ identified needs. This position will provide expertise to all internal customers. Through strong technical skills, the Sourcing Specialist will collaborate, communicate, negotiate with and support the Trading divisions and Global/regional and locally Direct Sourced suppliers.

Key activities include:

  • Serve as the primary contact between the trading division, and Global/regional and locally Direct Sourced suppliers to establish, maintain and enhance business relationships
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with all aspects of the Value Chain for Global/regional and locally Direct Sourced suppliers
  • Support purchasing/product strategies to achieve Aesthetics , Quality ,Cost , Lead Times and Delivery performance objectives to improve operational profitability
  • Gather detailed cost elements and perform price analysis to ensure best cost price, while achieving agreed levels of quality and service
  • Support supplier compliance with established quality, conformance and TFG company requirements
  • Monitor performance and capabilities of suppliers and ensure that that effective remedial plans are implemented to address any performances below set KPI’s
  • Conduct analysis of sales history and product forecasts for potential new and existing products
  • Manage supplier performance through supplier scorecards, risk assessments and vendor due diligence


  • Qualification in Clothing Management / Retail / Fashion Design or equivalent
  • 5 – 8 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Supply Chain & Manufacturing Experience
  • Excellent Negotiation skills
  • Critical analytical thinking
  • High level persuading and influencing skills
  • Multilevel Relationship management
  • Strong Communication skills, both verbally and written
  • Strong Organizational skills
  • Ability to multi task and attention to details,
  • Ability to deal with stress
  • Proven merchandising & sourcing skills and understanding of the product creation process
  • Must be able to acquire and understand a functional knowledge of company relevant products with the end use of the purpose of the sourcing commodities
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