Pick N Pay Careers – Category Buyer Horticulture

Website Pick n Pay

Job Description:

To set the category strategy and to oversee the execution of the strategy within the Category. Develop and implement the purchase and assortment plan for the category to optimise sales and buying margin. Manage the buying function across the category, mentor and coach buyers. Work as a leader within the cross functional structure to integrate all functions towards a common goal. To deliver the company budgeted financials.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a positive working relationship with team members by building trust, treating them with respect, and involving them in decision making and problem solving
  • Translate category-specific strategies into tactical buying plans that lead to category performance
  • Lead a cross functional team – integrating all parties and aligning towards a common goal
  • Help team prioritise and plan to deliver the goal / plan within the time allocated / business need requires. Manage complexity and pre-empt conflict situations so that they can be managed effectively in advance
  • Analyze financial data to accurately diagnose business realities and forecast future financials (e.g. sales etc.)
  • Liaise regularly with suppliers to mutually share financial and other performance criteria; identify performance gaps and hold suppliers accountable; develop and implement contingency plans to close performance gaps
  • Lead and influence team members in the development of action plans and milestones required to implement buying plans and initiatives
  • Develop a mutual understanding and create alternate solutions to achieve mutually satisfactory outcomes during negotiations with Suppliers; mitigate disagreements by proactively anticipating objections and adjusting negotiating approach to minimize resistance
  • Collect comprehensive category data from multiple sources and generating suitable action by considering previous category performance as well as future consequences
  • Develop and manage relationships with suppliers to identify and capitalise on category growth opportunities
  • Leveraging knowledge of factors and trends that impact category performance and implement plans to mitigate
  • Make decisions based on customer, market, and industry data to capitalize on time-sensitive merchandising opportunities

Job Requirements:

  • Strong & Respected leadership & Ability of working and leading a cross functional team
  • Manage multiple priorities with competing demands
  • Influencing and sound negotiation skills
  • Sound knowledge of buying fundamentals
  • Strong financial background
  • Ability to explain the scope of work and delegate as needed

Qualification & Experience:

  • 5-7 years retail and category management experience – essential
  • Horticulture or Agriculture (Produce) experience – essential
  • SAP knowledge is an added advantage
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferable

Job Details:

Company: Pick n Pay

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Kenilworth, Western Cape, SA

Application Deadline: N/A

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