Ares Holdings Is Hiring: Assistant Buyer – Apparel And Accessories – South Africa


Job Description

This position watches consumer patterns, such as seasonal purchasing and presents their findings to the planning and management teams. Additionally, the Assistant Buyer for Apparel and Accessories offers insight on ways to alter merchandise assortments in order to increase revenue and minimise loss. This is done by analysing sales data (macro & micro consumer trends and spending), frequent reporting cadence, planning tools management and highlighting inventory areas which need addressing.

Analytical skills:

Monitor sales data, by price, category, trend, geography, consumer, etc., post season, in season and pre-season
Identify and understand purchasing trends and make recommendations
Monitoring the timing and scope of seasonal changes
Make recommendations and assist with merchandising
Develop supply strategies that will minimize stock outs while maximising inventory turns
Develop and continuously evaluate all reports from purchase orders to sales history, seasonal sales analysis, aged inventory & liquidation plans
Communicating with Vans stores where necessary
Monitoring Vans in season trade and react accordingly
Set up seasonal line lists per Vans store
Analyse Market Place sales and assist in ensuring the right product is available at the right time.

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Inventory Management:

Understand and maintain desired inventory levels, inventory turns, OTB and assortments.
Ensure plans are in place to meet consumer trends, marketing launches, promotional activation, etc.
Oversee shipping, receiving and warehousing of merchandise
Develop and maintain an integrated planning process that deals with customer demand, upselling opportunities in high demand end uses, EOL & stock to management in accordance with budgeted guidance (OTB), to consume against future seasons.
Develop and maintain inventory reporting (achievement to target, margins, inventory health, shipping schedule vs SAP, etc.)
Placing Purchase Orders (pre & in season)
Order Tracking and reporting
GTM, SKU, Pricing and Order form setup
Develop and maintain an accurate ATS (Available to Sell) to be refreshed and published on a frequent cadence
Assist with pricing structure for staff purchases and sample sales when necessary

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Shipping schedule
Inbound containers
Location reviews
Inventory tracking tool
Retail top seller
Weekly sales
Return managements
Any reporting pack agreed to with management or to fulfil your role’s and responsibilities

Maintaining a professional image whilst in the office and travelling
Assist with any adhoc duties

Experience & qualifications

Relevant tertiary qualification
1-2 years’ experience in a similar role
Stores experience will be an advantage
Understanding of lifestyle apparel and accessories and the related market opportunities within retail, wholesale and ecommerce sector

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