Trainee Buyer – Cape Town

Cape Town
Posted 6 days ago

Contact person for this position:

Rayleen Lentz



The Company Projects has over 18 years’ Retail experience working across numerous regions of the world; designing, sourcing, and managing bespoke display projects and fixture rollouts from concept sketch through to direct delivery.

As part of our ongoing growth the company is looking for a Trainee Buyer to become a key contributor to and beneficiary of the Company’s on-going success.

Key Function: 

  • The Trainee Buyer will train alongside experienced buyers and will be a key facilitator of relevant key projects, as part of the company’s busy procurement function following design conception through to completion and delivery of the tangible ‘product’ to the client.
  • Liaising closely with Sales, Design and where necessary, the Customer, to ensure the satisfactory completion of projects on time, within budget and to the Company’s quality standards

Main Duties:

  • Handling new enquiries, selecting appropriate suppliers, negotiating optimum prices and lead-times.
  • Facilitating out-sourced projects including prototyping, production, and logistics. Planning work throughput, responding to and controlling change to ensure appropriate prioritisation of tasks.
  • Maintaining financial control of all projects within the field of responsibility and interfacing with the Company’s financial reporting system.
  • Ensuring appropriate quality assurance is maintained at all stages of the supply chain. Planning and arranging on-site supervision of work in progress, where necessary.
  • Working with the Project Buyers and Project Managers, for new supplier selection, development, and performance initiatives on a world-wide basis.
  • Providing research intelligence to Designers and Sales staff on the external processes and services we procure, in terms of availability and prevailing commercial influencers.

Experience and Qualifications

  • A minimum of 1 years’ experience or internship within the buying/supply function of a medium tech’ manufacturing industry would be preferred.
  • BCom degree preferably in purchasing or supply chain management.
  • Some experience of handling both domestic and over-seas suppliers. Some experience in the Far Eastern supply market would be a distinct advantage.
  • Knowledge of Export / Import documentation and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good attention to detail with excellent IT skills (particularly a good grasp of Excel and Office applications)
  • Resilient, ambitious and able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfortable working in an environment where process and design changes happen frequently and need to be adaptable.

Remuneration Package

  • Basic CTC salary at entry level with growth as experience gained.

Job Features

Job CategoryProcurement, Retail
SalaryBasic CTC salary at entry level with growth as experience gained.
Commencement dateASAP
LocationCape Town
Contract TypeFull Time

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