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Buyer - Home Textiles

Remuneration:Market related 
Location:Cape Town, Southern Suburbs
Job level:Mid
Job policy:Employment Equity position

Job description

Key Performance Areas

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 textile 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 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
  • Knowledgeable, confidently and professionally presents merchandise at key reviews and meetings
  • Ensure range is balanced across all variables and lifestyles
  • Ensure balanced range across newness and best-selling formulas
  • Ensure all product meets required quality standards
  • Ensure quality requirements are communicated effectively to suppliers
Effectively utilise 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 prioritise work
  • Effectively utilise information and systems to develop and implement plans
  • Apply buying processes to manage area effectively
  • 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
  • Conduct regular contact centre and DC visits to ensure products are properly represented and to identify QA issues
  • Keep abreast of the impact of trends affecting retail industry and applies this in decision making
  • Ensure appropriate and effective testing of concepts and products
  • Use effective presentation skills to represent area and influence decision-making
Display sound reasoning/influencing skills
  • Negotiate effectively internally (colleagues, management) and externally (suppliers) to optimize area performance
  • Utilise consistent and logical use of appropriate information to back up ideas and proposals
  • Logically rationalise testing of product
  • Enthuse others with sense of excitement and passion for range and product area
  • Build and maintain strong relationship with Planner(s) to proactively trade area and to manage the forecasting of sales and inventories
  • Utilise assortment planning best practices to purchase the optimal product selection
  • Partner with marketing to develop marketing strategies and tactics for area of business


Qualifications and Accreditations
  • Relevant tertiary qualification
Experience and Skills
  • A minimum of three years' buying experience in a retail and/or eCommerce environment
  • A proven solid track record in buying
  • Experience in foreign sourcing of product 
  • 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 textile market, customers and competitors
  • Advanced level in MS Office package – with a specific focus on Excel and PowerPoint
Attributes and Behaviors
  • 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 our target market
  • Emotional maturity, resilience and personal effectiveness

Posted on 12 Jul 11:26

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Home Choice

The HomeChoice Group is a leading credit-based direct marketing retailer selling homeware merchandise and financial services to the expanding urban middle-income mass market in southern Africa.

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