Designate Buyer
takealot.com
Cape Town, South Africa
6d ago

takealot.com, a leading South African online retailer, is looking for a highly talented Designate Buyer to join our team in Cape Town.

We’re a young, dynamic, hyper growth company looking for smart, creative, hard-working people with integrity to join us.

We offer a market related, Total Remuneration Package which allows full flexibility according to your needs, a great work environment and a promise that you won’t be bored as long as you are prepared for a challenge and want to build something great!

This position reports to the Division Manager.

Your responsibilities will include :

  • Support the Department Manager to drive an aligned category strategy
  • Execute on the department strategy / tactical plan with the direction of the department manager & Division Manager
  • Plan to develop and drive growth across the department in sales, brands, suppliers and new product listings
  • Source and prioritize new brands and suppliers according to this growth plan and in line with market trends and consumer demand
  • Deliver against key financial and service level performance indicators within the department (sales, margin, listings availability, stock cover etc.)
  • Support in managing and developing supplier relationships, negotiate good prices, improve trading terms and manage suppliers according to strict SLAs
  • Manage the approved promotional programme, source great product and manage site merchandising for the department
  • Support the operations team in delivering a world-class customer experience monitor department returns, support the customer service team on product queries and resolving any customer complaints
  • Manage stock and availability (including replenishment orders, stock cover)
  • Deliver on customer experience within the department (ensuring products are delivered on time, supplier terms are aligned, product quality is managed etc.)
  • Attributes required :

  • Solutions-oriented, can-do attitude; self-motivated
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking, ability to use data to inform decisions, identify the root cause and resolve problem
  • Strong product and buying planning skills
  • Ability to manage priorities according to clear prioritization and structured planning
  • Ability to build lasting supplier relationships and manage according to SLAs (existing industry networks a plus)
  • Comfortable with change and excellent team player
  • Passionate about the industry and the potential of e-commerce
  • Understanding of the key business drivers within online retail
  • Qualifications and Experience :

  • Bachelor’s degree (Business Science or Commerce degree preferable)
  • 2 years related Retail / Commerce experience
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Retail buying / e-commerce experience preferable but not an absolute requirement
  • Existing industry networks a significant plus
  • Proven track record of negotiation skills and strong relationship management
  • Strong knowledge of Electronic Buying
  • The Environment :

  • takealot.com employees are entrepreneurial and dynamic, smart, customer-centric, fun and have the shared ambition of takealot.
  • com being the leading e-commerce company in Africa.

  • We have fun, work hard, take ownership, work in teams to create solutions, and are always open to direct feedback / new ideas on where we can improve.
  • We are short on ego and high on output.
  • We are doers and not only thinkers, its all in the execution after all.
  • We love what we do and what we are creating.
  • We seek to Employ an Extra Ordinary Mind who :

  • is forthright but respectful
  • is an expert at doing, who can not only design but also execute
  • is analytical, able to use data to make decisions
  • is competitive, self-directed and strive to be the BEST (GREAT requires a lot of work and does not only happen during business hours
  • is passionate about the potential of e-commerce and delivering a world-class customer experience
  • is entrepreneurial , thrives under change and accepts it is a constant and always looks for solutions to do something better and faster
  • is able to think about problems from a business perspective using technical and product input
  • is curious and challenge the status quo
  • is innovative and enjoys iteration
  • is collaborative
  • will be at the cutting edge of developing new concepts for takealot.com.
  • thinks like an owner of the business.
  • is SMART, has INTEGRITY and is HARDWORKING
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