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Uchumi Supermarkets Ltd
 
Job Title: Assistant Category Buyers
 
Reporting To: Category Buyers
 
Purpose of the Job: These are key roles within the Procurement & Merchandise Department, whose principal responsibilities include: supporting Head Category Buyers at Head Office, Branch Outlets and key areas within the Retailer’s Supply Chain Functions.

Key Support Roles & Responsibilities:
  • Review of category targets and strategy in line with the overall business strategies
  • Setting up and reviewing trading terms with suppliers
  • Supplier relationship management.
  • Negotiate prices with suppliers,new items review and presentation.
  • Category ranging, sales and margin analysis reports and responsible for the overall sales and margin performance of product divisions
  • Market intelligence analysis to identify metrics, tools and process to optimize sourcing, supplier activities and efficiencies.
  • Branch Liaison and support activities, coordinate cross-functional teams to improve integration and efficiency across the supply network.
  • Support the business with accurate price forecasting.
  • Prepares information on purchase prices and conditions to enable proper budgeting and cash forecasting.
  • Measure and manage overall performance of suppliers & respective procurement teams
  • Prepare a range of procurement-related reports, providing guidance and training to junior supply chain personnel
  • Work closely with the Supply Chain Category teams to support business innovations and new products/services development.
  • Work closely with categories and suppliers to drive key initiatives such as Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability.
Knowledge and Skills:
 
The Buyer must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:-
  • Supply chain functions & operations
  • Distribution channels in FMCG retail sector
  • An understanding of the relevant legislation, policies and standard procedures on procurement
  • Knowledge in weights & measures regulations, quality marks as determined by KEBS and Public Health regulations on goods
  • Good knowledge in sourcing of goods & services.
  • Conversant with contractual laws related to procurement & supply
The Buyer must demonstrate the following skills:-
  • Problem solving & supervisory skill
  • Good negotiation techniques, analytical & quantitative skills
  • Proficient computer skills (Ms Office Suite, internet), ERP system, including the ability to prepare reports, proposals, policies and procedures• Effective public relations, and communication skills
  • Stress and time management skills
Personal Attributes:
  • Be a team player, good communicator
  • Exceptional degree of integrity, work ethics, honesty, judgment and tact in handling the most sensitive, diverse and confidential information
  • Demonstrate a reasonable degree of leadership, sound judgment, performance orientation, reliability and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible, self driven and ability to work under minimal supervision
  • Reasonable knowledge in idea generation that are forward thinking and contribute to creating sustained competitive advantage.
  • Act as an entrepreneur, treats business as his/her own, sets trends and is willing to lead, follow processes to successful achievement
  • Ability to deal sensitively with multi-cultural, disciplinary teams and environment in building effective business relationships with clients and colleagues within a matrix management environment
  • Willing to travel extensively and to work long hours
Key Qualifications & Experience
  • Bachelor of Commerce degree in Purchasing & Supply Chain, Accounting or Finance from a recognized University.
  • Mean Grade C in Kenya Certificate Secondary Education (KCSE) or equivalent• CIPS (UK) Foundation Stage Diploma, or Higher Diploma or equivalent in Supply Chain from recognized institution
  • Membership of Professional body in area of specialization, e.g. CIPS, KISM, ICPAK
  • Certified Public Accountant qualification will be added an advantage
  • At least Five (5) years working experience, Three (3) in Procurement & Supply Chain or related professional function
  • Good working Knowledge in FMCG, Retail or related sector
  • Basic knowledge/experience in training

Job Title: Category Buyers 

Reporting to: Procurement & Merchandize Manager
 
Purpose of the Job: These are key role within the Supply Chain function, whose principal responsibilities include: Procurement of goods & services required by both internal & external customers, at the least cost and most value addition trading terms to the business.

Effectively manage the profitability and growth of the product categories through establishment of favorable trading terms and maintenance of good supplier relationships while adhering to the organization’s core values, business processes, supply chain best practices, policies and procedures.


Key Roles & Responsibilities
  • Review of category targets and strategy in line with the overall business strategies
  • Setting up and reviewing trading terms with suppliers and approval of purchase order.
  • Supplier relationship management to identify and build partnerships with key suppliers on an operational level (Meetings, visits and appraisals)
  • Negotiate prices with suppliers,new items review and presentation.
  • Category ranging, sales and margin analysis reports and responsible for the overall sales and margin performance of product divisions
  • Market intelligence analysis.
  • Branch Liaison and support activities, coordinate cross-functional teams to improve integration and efficiency across the supply network.
  • Support the business with accurate price forecasting. Prepares information on purchase prices and conditions to enable proper budgeting and cash forecasting.
  • Measure and manage overall performance of suppliers & respective procurement teams
  • Prepare a range of procurement-related reports, providing guidance and training to junior supply chain personnel
  • Work closely with the Supply Chain Category teams to support business innovations and new products/services development.
  • Work closely with categories and suppliers to drive key initiatives such as Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability.
Knowledge and Skills
 
The Buyer must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:-
  • Supply chain functions, operations & management
  • Distribution channels in FMCG retail sector
  • An understanding of the relevant legislation, policies and standard procedures on procurement
  • Knowledge in weights & measures regulations, quality marks as determined by KEBS and Public Health regulations on goods
  • Wide knowledge in sourcing of goods & services.
  • Conversant with contractual laws related to procurement & supply
The Buyer must demonstrate the following skills:-
  • Problem solving & Supervisory skill
  • Strong negotiation techniques, analytical & quantitative skills
  • Proficient computer skills (Ms Office Suite, internet), ERP system, including the ability to prepare reports, proposals , policies and procedures
  • Effective public relations, and communication skills
  • Stress, and time management skills
Personal Attributes:
  • Be a team player, good communicator
  • Exceptional degree of integrity, work ethics, honesty, judgment and tact in handling the most sensitive, diverse and confidential information
  • Demonstrate a high degree of leadership, sound judgment, performance orientation, reliability and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible, self driven and ability to work under minimal supervision
  • Outstanding in idea generation that are forward thinking and contribute to creating sustained competitive advantage.
  • Willing to travel extensively and to work long hours.
Key Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Commerce degree in Purchasing & Supply Chain, Accounting or Finance from a recognized University. Master will be added advantage
  • Mean Grade C+ in Kenya Certificate Secondary Education (KCSE) or equivalent• CIPS (UK) Graduate Diploma
  • Membership of Professional body in area of specialization, e.g. CIPS, KISM, ICPAK
  • Certified Public Accountant qualification will be added an advantage
  • At least Seven (7) years working experience, Four (4) in Procurement & Supply Chain or related professional function
  • Good working Knowledge in FMCG, Retail or related sector
  • Experience in training
How to Apply

Forward your application, indicating your telephone contact, copies of academic, professional certificates and an updated CV, current and expected remuneration, daytime telephone contacts of three (3) referees, two of which should be former supervisors/employers

Applications to be forwarded on soft to enjoroge@uchumi.com and hard copies to The Human Resources Manager, to reach him NOT later than Friday 07th Aug 2015.


Only shortlisted candidates, will be notified for purposes of an interview.

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