Buyer: Liquor

Job Details
Closing Date2024/01/12
Reference NumberSHO240105-1
Job TitleBuyer: Liquor
Job TypePermanent
Location – CountrySouth Africa
Location – ProvinceWestern Cape
Location – Town or CityBrackenfell, Cape Town
Purpose of the JobThe purpose of the Buyer role is to execute the buying strategy of the Shoprite Group through the planning, selection and procurement of a range of products within the liquor category that results in the achievement of profitability goals and targets. The Buyer executes all aspects of the buying process for a product category, creating a compelling assortment that meets financial targets and supports brand objectives. The role further ensures sales growth and increase in gross margins by considering market trends and customer demand in terms of price, quality and availability when making purchasing decisions. The Buyer works collaboratively with suppliers, category, marketing and store operations teams to execute the buying strategy, ensuring a consistent customer experience and aligned execution of pricing, promotions, ranging, display and layout.
Job Advert Details
Job CategoryRetail
Job ObjectivesProduct range and line determination

Ensure first place in the market by maintaining price competitiveness
Ensure a comprehensive coverage of categories through effective range rationalisation, aligned to strategy and brand logic.
Maintain effective administration (across all areas)

Product pricing administration

Maintain competitiveness in cost and selling prices
Base price objectives on knowledge of market prices, current trends and/or market leaders
Effectively utilise negotiation to achieve pricing objectives
Ensure confidentiality is maintained regarding sensitive information

Advertising and promotions management

Selection of lines and management of price points
Continuously track competitor pricing
Ensure availability of stock at suppliers
Timeously supply information to Marketing

Resolve stock level issues in stores and distribution centres

Remain up to date with price movements and shortages in order to proactively advise the distribution centres

International sourcing

Identify potential gaps and international trends in order to source profitable products
Manage the end-to-end supply chain process

Determine merchandising layout that is practical and reflective of consumer patterns
Degree or Diploma in Business, Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain, or a related field – (essential)

+2 years’ experience in a buying role, with demonstrable experience executing all aspects of the buying process for a liquor products category in a large retail organisation – (essential).
Demonstrable experience with sourcing and supplier management along with complex vendor / supplier negotiations – (essential).
Knowledge and Skills
Well-developed understanding of supply chain concepts, processes and systems – (essential).
Comprehensive understanding of the factors influencing a product’s cost and selling prices – (essential).
Knowledge of commercial and financial trade-offs in category sales – (essential). 
Understanding of the retail value chain and profitability drivers – (essential).
Proficiency in MS Office 365 with advanced Excel skills – (essential).

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