Star Merchant has an exciting opportunity available for a Buyer to be based in Team Support- Umhlanga, Durban. The incumbent will be responsible for purchasing goods, materials and services to ensure that the company operational needs are met, considering price, BEE requirements, quality, delivery and to ensure continuity of supply. Be cognisant of conflict of interests, bribery and kickbacks. Ensure achievement of companys strategic objectives, goal plans and targets. Comply with all policies and procedures and strict adherence to internal controls. Ensure daily, weekly and monthly reporting is done accurately and timeously and contains appropriate content to enable effective decision making. This role includes some people management responsibility. The job holder may take responsibility for a specific project or hold a larger remit in terms of purchasing responsibility. Minimum requirements: 5 years experience within a buying-related role. Knowledge procurement procedures. Must have management, planning and analytical skills. Must have a drivers license. Pastel Evolution. Advantageous: Degree/diploma in Supply Chain. Responsibilities: Financial metrics/operational duties: Purchase goods, material, components or services in line with specified cost, quality and delivery targets for both local and international procurement. Source BEE empowered suppliers that have a BEE score as predetermined by The Star Merchants BEE strategy. Ensure that suppliers who can deliver to The Star Merchants regional warehouses are engaged where appropriate and feasible as such that Star Merchant can reduce its transport cost. Ensure continuous supply of required goods and materials and communicate any supply problems which may pose a risk or impact on business operations. Monitor market trends, competitor strategies and market suppliers. Research and evaluate areas of opportunity and reduce costs where possible. Deliver briefs, updates and reports as and when required. Develop creative and innovative procurement processes. Develop ideas and strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid business performance and work towards a strategy of continuous improvement. Negotiate improved prices and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings utilizing negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methods. Assess and evaluate suppliers performance to ensure compliance and manage performance improvement activities. Ensure professional and consistent approach is taken in relation to all supplier relationships. Ensure compliance to company guidelines, purchasing policies and procedures. Explore alternate sources for goods and materials for local and international procurement Assess tenders and quotations from potential suppliers. Prepare purchase orders in line with final negotiations with selected suppliers and in line with organizational targets and requirements. Undertake research on and evaluate existing and new suppliers. Contact suppliers to resolve price, quality, delivery or invoice issues. People: Performance must be tracked by yourself and the onus is placed on you to set-up performance review meetings with the Operation Manager. Guide, direct and supervise a junior buyers and advance buyers. Compliance, risk and quality: 100% compliance with company policies and procedures. 100% compliance with health and safety regulations. 100% Compliance with relevant laws and regulations. Ensure logical saving of all work, templates, etc. monthly and yearly such that each years financial records can stand on its own when enquiries/ investigations/audits take place. Produce high quality, neat, logical, succinct, easy to follow, easy to understand, formula linked work/templates/workbooks/financial models - of which is substantiated by facts with no numbers in the formulas. Ensure the above (final version) and other documents are chronologically saved/backed up. Declare all gifts. Do not accept kickbacks. Instances to be reported immediately. Declare all conflicts of interest upfront. Growth and new markets/products: Assist with projects as directed from time to time. Adhere to measures that are in place and steps taken to achieve the short term, medium term and long-term goals of the company. Identifying new business and new products. Supplier Relationship management. Development of existing business and products. Assist with company projects or lead company projects if specific to stock control. Automation of the buying process. Skills and competencies: Excellent problem solving and reporting abilities. Good communication and interpersonal skills. Ensure impressive planning, organizational, leading and controlling skills. Strong people management and development skills. Portray strong attention to detail, whilst maintaining efficiency. Exceptional market awareness and customer service skills. Must be deadline and result driven. Please note that only candidates who meet the stipulated minimum requirements will be considered. Please be advised that should you not be contacted within 30 days, kindly consider your application to be unsuccessful.