Ladieswear Buyer (Ref: AELB)

Position in the Financial sector in Durban - Kwa- Zulu Natal
Posted On Friday 10 February 2023
Job Description:

A leading Retail Company is seeking a Ladieswear Buyer to join their dynamic team.

The purpose of the role includes managing briefs to suppliers with clarity of silhouette, colour and detail, product spec within the required product critical path to meet the on-time selling period, aligned to the company’s strategic objectives.

You will be required to constantly manage a multi-season view (current, previous, and future), to deliver distinctive product value, at the best price to delight the customer’s store experience.


Key Responsibilities:

Drive constant product availability for the customer profile, through accurate buying and aesthetic

Ensure that products briefed to suppliers are comprehensive with clear specifications.

Assess the production of the product once received as per the brief as well as maintain accuracy to the specifications (fit, form and function)

Access the value equation of materials used, construction complexity vs cost relevance.

Build supplier relationships that are in line with our business strategy.

Understand lead times from all sources and understand the full business processes.

Forecasting and sales management in line with operational planning, constant price benchmark and price analysis in line with the business strategy.

In Season Trading: Turn on and off trends according to sales and current trends and develop a well-rounded understanding of the retail environment and market.

Post Season Analysis: use the agreed attributes relevant to each category/subcategory and analyse relevant characteristics to create a forward strategy taking trends into account.

Develop a working document strategy based on learnings from the post season, store grading understanding is required.

REVIEWS: prep garments and information in line with the agreed strategy

GENERAL: seek feedback on progress and level of understanding and performance, and constant communication with the team


Completed Degree /Diploma in Fashion Retail / Design/ Clothing Management (3 Years) or equivalent


5 years of fashion retail buying experience in a Ladieswear Department with an understanding of the customer profile (Prerequisite)


Key Competencies/ Soft Skills

• Develop strategy

• Decision Making

• Data Analysis

• Change Management

• Task Management

• Relationship Management

• High Ethics

• Deadline Driven

• Process Management

• Stock Management

• Understanding of fabric and garment construction and finishes

• Ability to align costing for offshore and local garments

• Ability to manage the supply chain management of offshore and local garments.

• Numerically accurate


A Consultant will be in touch if you are shortlisted for the position.  Please consider your application unsuccessful should you not have been contacted within 2 weeks.  We will keep your CV on our database and contact you should you match the criteria of any other vacancies.

Please contact Ada Evans