Position Description :
Senior Footwear Buyer Totalsports
Totalsports is the largest Sporting Goods Retail brand in Southern Africa. We remain positioned as the premier omni-channel sporting goods destination offering both an in-store and online experience.
Our purpose is to inspire and unlock potential, by making sport and fitness accessible to all.
Our strategic partners include international sports brands who enable us to us to delight customers with the latest technical footwear and apparel offering as well as the hottest post work out gear.
The Totalsports assortment incorporates footwear; apparel; equipment, technology and accessories, thereby cementing market leadership.
In Totalsports we believe that sport changes lives . If you believe this too, then we have the perfect position for you.
An exciting opportunity has become available in our Buying team for a Men’s Footwear Buyer , with the focus on a technical & lifestyle footwear.
Your responsibilities will be :
Securing both technical and after sport footwear from International brands across categories to ensure our consumers’ needs are met in all 320 stores
Procuring Totalsports Own brand footwear range aligned to the strategy with special attention to quick response and trading opportunities
Formulate departmental strategies to maximize sales, in line with Totalsports Top line strategy
Obsess our consumer to ensure our Technical footwear offer exceeds consumer expectation for all running and training needs
Analyse previous sales patterns, market trends and product / brand lifecycles make sound buying decisions
Build and maintain good relationships with key partners and suppliers
Assess complex situations and implement workable solutions
To apply you need to have :
Have experience at a senior buyer level (5+ years essential)
Strong footwear background in both brands and own brand development
In depth knowledge of Technical footwear and brands
Have a high degree of organisation and prioritization skills
Have a strong business acumen and merchant thinking
Excellent planning, organising and interpersonal skills
Have a high degree of decision making ability and be service orientated
Be assertive and communicate at all levels
Be a team player
A proven solid track record in buying
An interest in and knowledge of trends
Willing to travel locally and internationally
Willingness to immerse yourself into the world of sports and sporting events
A working knowledge of the current computer software packages (knowledge of Excel, Word & E-mail would be preferable)
Preference will be given, but not limited to, candidates from designated groups in terms of the Employment Equity Act.