Description Deliver profitable & sustainable departmental growth by buying a balanced product range according to our unique formula and in line with the Group strategy and customer led processes that meets and exceeds customer expectations within the agreed KPI's.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTSRelevant diploma / degree3-5yrs relevant exprerinceCommercial skills and experienceKnowledge and understanding of Supply Chain concepts, processes and systemsUnderstanding of factors influencing a product’s cost and selling pricesProven ability to co-ordinate and deliver the category operating planStrong integrator across the Matrix Teams with proven leadership skills and people management skills, as well as the ability to coach and mentor junior team members.
commercial awareness; good judgment; emotional resilienceEntrepreneurial ability to initiate and implement innovative and viable business ideas and to accept accountability for the outcomeTeam player with understanding of diversityGood communication skills, both written and verbalJOB SPECIFICATIONSDrive market share and profitability of the categoryGive input to Category and Supplier strategiesManage supplier Open Book Costing ModelsManage financial indicators and all expensesDevelop and implement pricing strategiesGive input to the planning and forecasting of products and rangesBuild and manage relationships with a diverse range of suppliersLiaise with marketing, sales management and space planning to maximise sales and promotions in storesLiaise with distribution regarding Supply Chain issuesMonitor and react to industry and international trendsGive input to NPD for Cross Group Activity and Trends analysesIntegrate Trends findings with Category Strategy to compile development plan in line with the needs of the customer in the categoryAnalyse and understand existing catalogue and make recommendations to grow profitable and / or customer led range offerAnalyse competitor actively with Buyers & Benchmark analysis with NPDLiaise with the internal and external stakeholders in order to develop range planImplement Waste Packaging reduction initiatives to meet category targetsIdentify and implement Packaging Recycling and Compostable initiatives to meet targetsDrive and formulate development briefs with other team disciplines to suppliers and packaging teams (ie technical and commercial input in development briefs)Formulate and drive the Critical PathFollowing the prescribed workflow method in coordination with all internal and external stakeholders to deliver product launches on time.
Conduct Post Launch Analysis and communicate and implement learnings (PIR)Provide packaging centre with full comprehensive packaging brief, liaise with packaging centre to ensure packaging deadlines are metGive information / brief on new products / ranges for Marketing purposesGive input to equipment and store design / lay-out and décor, as well as space allocation,planning, adjacencies and shelf efficiency.
Ensure the space planner understands the intrinsics of all new product ranges and target customer