Category Buyer

Full-time
Category Buyer (Baby Group – Hardware And Clothing)
Dis-Chem Pharmacies Limited
Midrand, Gauteng
Permanent

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Posted 28 December 2021 – Closing Date 31 December 2021

Job Details

Job Description

Dis-Chem Pharmacies’ Head Office in Midrand has an opportunity available for a Category Buyer (Baby Group – Hardware and Clothing)  to join the procurement team. The main purpose of this role will be to manage suppliers, trading terms, market analysis, product selection/ buying, planning, stock management, driving turnover and profit.

 

Minimum Requirements…

Essential:

  • Grade 12 / Matric with Mathematics and Accounting
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Minimum of 3 years Category Buying experience
  • Degree or Diploma in Finance/Retail Management or any similar qualification
  • SAP BI, Qlikview experience
  • Computer skills – (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)

 

Job Specification…

  • Implement strategies to improve profitability of the category.
  • Analyse consumer buying patterns to predict future trends in order to choose most profitable product ranges.
  • Manage plans to ensure optimal stock levels for the business at all times.
  • Develop and adhere to category plan that includes category sales, profit, market shares, second stock returns, ROCE.
  • Ensure a detailed marketing plan is formulated and that it`s in line with the overall company strategy.
  • Identify and develop various Dis-Chem category pricing and promotion strategies to ensure customer needs are met while remaining competitive in the market.
  • Evaluate product quality by using customer feedback as a measuring tool.
  • Report on category plans on a monthly basis.
  • Develop a yearly category operating strategy and ensure it is in line with the Dis-Chem strategic category objective.
  • Compile reports on relevant products and their sales, quality and feedback.
  • Maintain relationships with existing suppliers while sourcing new suppliers for future products.
  • Negotiating prices and delivery contracts with suppliers.
  • Review supplier contracts and ensure they are valid, in line with industry standards and industry good practice.

 

Competencies

Essential:

  • Knowledge of Industry standards, relevant product laws and regulations, Retail and Buying
  • Knowledge and understanding of market trends and competitor analysis, supplier negotiations, trading terms, financial planning
  • Brand understanding
  • English – Read, write and speak well
  • Analytical problem solving skills
  • Negotiation and persuasion skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Need to have an understanding of the financial implications that goes with the tasks involved
  • Be able to achieve budget inventory levels
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Deadline driven
  • Time management

 

Special conditions of employment:

  • South African citizen
  • Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 (proof of vaccination required)
  • MIE, clear criminal and credit
  • Driver’s license and/or own reliable transport

 

Remuneration and benefits:

  • Market related salary
  • Medical aid
  • Provident fund
  • Staff account

 

ONLY SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED. IF YOU HAVEN`T BEEN CONTACTED WITHIN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE CLOSING DATE CONSIDER YOUR APPLICATION AS UNSUCCESSFUL.


Chem Pharmacies is an equal opportunity employer. Dis-Chem’s approved Employment Equity Plan and targets will be considered as part of the recruitment process aligned to Dis-Chem’s Employment Equity & Transformation Strategy. Dis-Chem actively supports the recruitment of People with Disabilities.