Woolworths (Pty) Ltd:Trainee Buyer

Internship Summary

To develop your theoretical and practical skill set to support you in becoming a future Woolworths Foods Buyer
Buyers lead teams that source, develop and retail product in support of Category and Food Strategies, through effective supplier and profit management principles.


  • Relevant Degree/Diploma
  • Retail experience is advantageous
  • Minimum of 3-5 years  relevant experience in the FMCG/Retail industry
  • Excellent analytical and numerical ability
  • In depth understanding and application of Woolworths’ quality standards
  • Good computer literacy, with an above average grasp of all office applications,
  • Have an understanding of supply chain operations  i.e. Suppliers , DC, Stores and understands the supply chain concepts and values
  • Planning and organisational ability
  • Proven track record of achievement.
  • Self-driven and motivated
  • Strong integrator and communicator
  • Ability to work in and lead a team.
  • Ability to negotiate
  • Ability to manage conflict.
  • Ability to learn new skill sets
  • Ability to deliver good results under stressful situations
  • Business acumen, judgement and problem solving skills
  • Contribute to the development of an integrated category/ department plan that delivers a product range that in turn delivers profitable growth.


  • Give input to and implement departmental and supplier strategies
  • Establish a commercially viable product range strategy and manage the implementation thereof
  • Develop good working relationships with suppliers and other key stakeholders
  • Review internal Woolworths’ performance data (sales, profit, market share, market size etc.) for the department and make comparisons against competition ito range, price, promotions and product development
  • Identify and prioritise the key commercial strategies and accompanying quantifiable goals and KPI’s for the department in line with category operating plan
  • Ensure internal and external colleagues understand and work to deliver the department category plan
  • Review department performance versus Department Scorecards on a regular basis and inform key stakeholders
  • Manage financial accountabilities; margins (including strategic buy-in opportunities in consultation with Merchandise Planning), incentives, settlement discounts, departmental charges, sample account, buyer losses, etc.
  • Negotiate price, promotional price and new lines, taking into account price tiering / product positioning and financial targets
  • Investigate and unlock cost savings throughout the value chain, including product development, manufacturing, supply chain, stores, etc.
  • Integrate with Sales Management to draw up and implement Promotional Calendar. Plan and implement promotional strategies and ensure supplier delivery
  • Establish category price position while applying an understanding of customer price perception, impacts on KVIs, and of competitor pricing
  • Availability: Manage short and long term availability per category and per supplier

How To Apply?

Apply Online:Careers.woolworths.co.za

Closing Date:18 March 2020

Updated: March 17, 2020 — 2:06 pm

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