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Retail Buying Manager

Remuneration:Market related 
Location:Cape Town, CBD
Job level:Senior
Company:Cape Union Mart

Job description

An exciting new opportunity has just become available in our Buying Department for a resilient, influential and resourceful Retail Buying Manager who can add value to our Footwear Team through the successful delivery and management of the merchandise sourcing strategy for Footwear (Tread + Miller, Old Khaki, Poetry and Cape Union Mart).


The successful candidate will be responsible for conceptualizing and overseeing the end-to-end buying process of a broad range of Footwear and therefore should have the ability to significantly contribute towards the achievement of the department and business objectives as well as have the high energy levels required for this fast-paced, exciting and dynamic retail environment


Key Responsibilities include:

    • Manage the merchandise buying process to ensure the on-time delivery of product as per the set timeframes

    • Lead, manage and develop the Footwear Buying Team to reach their full potential within their respective areas

    • Formulate, influence and drive the departments product strategy in line with the departments Business Plan and Company objectives

    • Oversee and influence product selection to ensure ranges are balanced and meet the departmental needs of the various chain strategies

    • Implement/Manage effective supplier management policies, procedures and service level agreements

    • Ensure that correct suppliers are sourced, selected and managed according to the set Company policies and supplier SLA’s

    • Implement and execute quick response strategies

    • Manage the departments budgets through ensuring that inflows, price margins and GP Rands achieve and exceed the set seasonal plans

    • Build and maintain effective cross-functional partnerships with all key stakeholders (Planning, Marketing, Operations, Shipping, the DC, etc.) to achieve the departmental and business goals

    • Collate and review monthly competitor reports from the team to identify trends

    • Optimize the department’s performance and the achievement of required outcomes through effective people management

    • Occasional local and overseas travel

    • Supporting and participating in the execution of projects and interventions

    • Driving continuous improvement and self-development

    • Executing and delivering on ad-hoc duties and responsibilities

    • Driving the company culture and values

Qualifications and Experience Required

    • Matric and a relevant tertiary qualification is required

    • 5 years of retail buying experience including at least 2 years of experience in a relevant leadership role is essential

    • Experience working in a fashion retail environment is an important requirement. Preference will be given to candidates with Footwear experience and a good understanding of the South African Footwear market

    • Working knowledge of the retail cycle and merchandise buying principles and processes is required

    • A clear understanding of footwear styling, components and construction is vital

    • Practical knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook (Preference will be given to candidates with advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Excel)

    • Practical knowledge of Microsoft Sharepoint would be advantageous

    • Experience working with PLM systems would be advantageous

    • Sound business acumen is required

    • A valid driver’s license is preferred 

Key Competencies

    • The ability to manage and lead the job functions and team

    • A strong trader mentality is essential

    • Proven strategic thinking skills

    • A passion for keeping up to date with footwear trends

    • The ability to adapt trends to our different target markets

    • Proven negotiation skills

    • Ability to make sound decisions together with effective problem-solving skills

    • Able to build and maintain influential relationships at various levels and across business functions

    • Effective communication and presentation skills

    • Solid organizing, planning, & time management skills

    • High-level of conflict management

    • The agility and resilience to maintain high levels of drive and initiative under pressure

Posted on 13 Aug 07:22

Cape Union Mart

Cape Union Mart International (Pty) Ltd has been equipping South African adventurers since 1933, and is South Africa's favourite outdoor adventure store. Stocking everything one needs for outdoor pursuits - including hiking, camping, trail running, mountain biking, snow sports, travel and more - Cape Union Mart is an essential first step in every adventure. Cape Union Mart has stores across South Africa, and in Namibia and Botswana.

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