Buying Manager – Womenswear- West Cape

Western Cape
South Africa
2016-12-23 11:22:03


Reference Number:Gabi
Job Category:Retail
Preferred Degree:Diploma
Job Type:Permanent
Job Salary:R Neg
Job Location:Western Cape
Number of Jobs:1

Job Description

Main Purpose:

To deliver profitable and sustainable growth for the department/s this is under-pinned by the group strategy. To lead and inspire a team to deliver balanced product ranges through a customer led process that meets and exceeds customer expectations within the agreed KPIs.

  • Integrate customer understanding through effective market segmentation  
  • Review post season analysis by department/class sub-class as input in the development of the group strategy 
  • Provide analysis, incorporate design direction and trend to develop the group strategy and 1 year operating plan in line with business strategy 
  • Review departmental operational plans to ensure that they deliver into the group strategy    
  • Review range plan taking into account customer needs, trend direction, competitive analysis, growth/exit of product categories, determining product objectives that deliver to department operational plan
  • Review weekly and monthly performance with departments and consolidate identified solutions and develop action plan to ensure departmental KPI’s are met and exceeded
  • Identify opportunities within the season to maximize profit and grow market share  
  • Ensure management of Open to Buy to maximize sales and minimize markdown 
  • Ensure buying processes are managed in line with merchandise cycle in order to deliver on time launch and against critical path
  • Lead the process in briefing the design team in line with group strategy in order to deliver a balanced range within agreed price architecture 
  • Conduct product reviews, including financials, assortment plan, final product and reconcile assortment plan and financials with strategy  
  • Lead and identify packaging and ticketing needs in line marketing/brand and promotional strategy
  • Ensure and conduct regular store and competitor visits to understand product performance, assortment balance and customer experience of range and adjust where appropriate
  • Manage supplier strategy to deliver Group KPI’s in line with sourcing strategy
  • Improve margin through effective sourcing and supplier negotiations
  • Set and manage departmental financial and expense budgets in line with group’s budget
  • Develop, motivate, inspire and lead the team to achieve and deliver the group strategy and plans that will ensure high performance through the effective use of the IPM process
  • Drive succession planning, EE transformation and develop talent within the teams 


  • Relevant 3 year related diploma or degree 
  • 10 to 12 years retail buying experience in a Clothing environment is essential 
  • A deep appreciation for the WW Clothing product and brand ethos
  • Extensive retail knowledge, both local and global
  • Lingerie product knowledge and buying experience is preferred
  • Demonstrate product leadership and direction
  • Strong negotiation skills  
  • Highly numerate 
  • Demonstrates taste level and flair 
  • Understanding of range building process 
  • Strong merchanting ability 
  • Commercial acumen and financial savvy
  • Ability to manage a team effectively through managing goals, identifying development needs and building buying competence
  • Ability to take risks and adapt to changing circumstances that are in the best interest of the company

Position located in Cape Town. Send your CV to Gabi Traut at or call her on 021 461-2613. Go to our website

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