Buyer – Gardening

The Warehouse Group is moving into an exciting phase as we transform our way of working to help us stay match-fit for the future. The retail world is changing and the need to be responsive is more important than ever when it comes to sourcing quality products, at the right price, that our customers love.

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our Leisure merchandise team to look after our Green Gardening category which is complex, challenging and rewarding all at the same time.

About the Job

One of our key strategic priorities is sourcing better products at better prices, so that we can deliver quality and on trend products to our customers. This role is critical for sourcing and selecting exciting ranges for our customers.

 

As the Buyer, you will work cross functionally across the whole General Merchandise team and wider business functions, including Planning, Marketing, QA, Operations, Design, and our Sourcing Offices based in Auckland, Shanghai and India.

 

This role is critical to our success. Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Analysing product trends and building ranges and promotions that our customers love and deliver huge sales and profit
  • Deliver sales, margin, and stock results to budget
  • Develop and implement sourcing plans in conjunction with the planning team
  • Working cross-functionally to help develop and implement the strategic direction of the Gardening category
  • Work closely with the local suppliers to meet our customers needs
  • Mentoring and developing your team and the next generation of Buyers

 

About You

We are looking for someone with:

  • Buying/category management experience within the retail industry
  • Horticultural experience is ideal, however not essential. Having fresh food buying experience is also advantageous.
  • Strong commercial acumen as well as a resilient and driven nature
  • Experience with managing local and off-shore suppliers
  • A customer driven focus, and superior communication and negotiation skills
  • Decisiveness in a fast-moving environment
  • Excellent internal and external stakeholder management skills

 

This is a fantastic chance to join a strong and stable team in our business in a position designed with growth and development opportunities in mind. We’re changing the future of retail in New Zealand, if you want to be part of something exciting then apply now!

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