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Mr Price Group

South Africa

Trainee Buyer 2021

The Programme

We are looking for a creative, organized individual who has a desire to grow into a buying role. Do you want to be part of a team responsible for developing and selecting affordable fashion, sportswear & homeware of acceptable quality for our customers?

Build key knowledge and a full understanding of our entire merchandise process under the direction of the Brand Merchant & the Talent Development Partner that will equip you to develop a category buy.

Your key objectives as a Trainee Buyer is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the merchant processes and develop key knowledge and skills in order to manage a designated portfolio.

What You Will Do

Job Learning - Trade & Commercial Acumen:

Apply learnt knowledge & skills by demonstrating awareness of the factors which could influence the way we perform in current trade, & manage opportunities & risks accordingly, considering the impact of competitors on our business.

Sample Management:

Manage the departments samples in regard to our process from Fits, through to pre-production samples (PPS's) ensuring an accurate record of each is kept, and stored for future reference. Overseas samples require tagging post trip and storage for use in Strategies, reviews and assortment building processes.

Job Learning - Seasonal Strategy:

Learn to create a seasonal strategy in collaboration with planning in order to plan the product assortment, spend allocation, supplier plan and marketing focus for the season, to achieve the company’s strategic objectives.

Job Learning - Assortment Building:

Learn to prepare and present a well-considered product assortment according to the seasonal strategy.

Booking:

Ensure orders are captured on the system in time to ensure our buying critical path process is adhered to.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Diploma/Degree in (Interior/Fashion Design, Retail Business Management, Textile, Clothing Management, Consumer Science, Strategic Management, Economics.
  • 0-1 Year experience in Manufacturing (advantageous).
  • Mathematical skills.
  • Negotiation & presentation skills.