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Assistant Buyer

Lanseria, South Africa

We are looking for a passionate assistant buyer to support our purchasing department with the selection and procurement of products. The assistant buyer's responsibilities include maintaining positive vendor relations, preparing retail and pricing strategies, placing and tracking purchase orders, managing inventory and keeping track of market trends.

To be successful as an assistant buyer, you should be confident, highly organized and an excellent communicator. An outstanding assistant buyer has an analytical mind and excellent negotiating skills.

Assistant Buyer Responsibilities:

  • Assisting the buyer with the selection of the right product mix.

  • Writing, placing and tracking purchase orders.

  • Ensuring products are purchased at the right time, to specification and at a good price.

  • Negotiating with vendors and building positive, long-term relationships.

  • Compiling reports on product performance and statistics.
    Researching new suppliers and making recommendations to the buyer.

  • Planning, monitoring and maintaining suitable inventory levels.

  • Preparing competitive retail and pricing strategies.

  • Preparing budgets and forecasting purchasing trends.

Assistant Buyer Requirements:

  • Diploma or Degree in business, economics, marketing or related field preferred.

  • Previous experience in the food service and or equipment industry is a plus.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills.

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.

  • Ability to multi-task and perform under pressure.

  • Experience with merchandising software systems is a plus.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

  • Prior use of an ERP system.