TFG Recruitment – Head of Buying

Website TFG

Job Description:

A Top executive role has just become available in our Markham Division, for a Head of Buying. This position requires a high energy, self-motivated individual with proven leadership and management skills and the ability to optimise team performance and development. Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to engage and manage key stakeholders and suppliers. A Strong and confident negotiator with the ability to negotiate at all levels. Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage suppliers to ensure optimal capability and capacity to deliver quality products within agreed timeframes
  • Ensure supplier ethics, good practice and sustainability of product
  • Develop and implement a strategy to ensure the function is operating in line with the objectives of the business to add value, mitigate supply chain risk, optimising cost savings and profitability.
  • Establish and/or develop sustainable supplier relationships
  • Negotiate terms with suppliers in line with overall margin, service and quality targets
  • Accountable for ongoing management of purchasing strategy and activity and for ensuring optimal supplier performance and price.
  • Manage and control stock levels based on seasonal forecasts and planning, incl. replenishment product categories
  • Ensure that assigned team is effectively resourced, create context for strategy and effectively develop talent pipeline
  • Ensure successful execution of product / range strategy in store and online in collaboration with suppliers, store operations, planning, marketing and logistics teams
  • Lead the Markham buying team to conceptualise and implement the merchandise strategy in line with overall company strategy
  • Deliver the defined turnover growth, margins and profitability through delivery of all KPIs
  • Partnering closely and effectively with other members of the Markham management team, taking ownership for setting and leading the company strategy and direction
  • Ensure reliable source of supply through sound process and effective supplier relationships

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to drive change, persuade and influence both internal and external stakeholders (often without direct authority)
  • Strong written and verbal communication at all levels of organisation
  • Ability to work well under pressure and deliver to aggressive deadlines, incl. problem solving
  • Ability to work comfortably at both a strategic and operational level
  • Passion and aspiration to drive the leading menswear business in Africa
  • Ability to be agile, flexible and adapt to changes in an extremely fast paced, quick response environment
  • Proven track record in building and maintaining strategic supplier relationships
  • Proven track record and ability to drive a merchandise strategy by demonstrating innovative and creative thinking
  • Exceptional analytical ability to effectively evaluate and drive functional KPIs, incl. sales growth, PIS, CSOH, input- and maintained margins, stock turn, clearance
  • Exceptional leadership skills incl. the ability to attract, hire, retain and motivate team members and a talent pool
  • Demonstrate a high level of maturity, emotional intelligence and insight into diverse teams and individuals

Qualification & Experience:

  • Minimum 15 years relevant buying / merchandise experience is essential
  • Minimum 8 years working experience at a Senior Management level, incl. people / team management

Job Details:

Company: The Foschini Group

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Western Cape, South Africa

Application Deadline: N/A

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