Star Merchant has an exciting opportunity available for a Buyer (Junior) to be based in Team Support- Umhlanga, Durban. The incumbent will be responsible for buying and arranging payment of products and attaining services: at the right price; from the right supplier; in the right quantities; for delivery at the right lead time and at the right specifications that meet the companys needs. 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. Minimum requirements: A minimum of 1 years experience within a buying-related role. Competent in MS Office products. Advantageous: Degree/diploma in Supply Chain. Responsibilities: Financial metrics/operational duties: Source lowest prices, source quality products, source appropriate lead times. Source BEE empowered suppliers that have a BEE score as predetermined by Star Merchants BEE strategy. Source products that meet customer requirements/specifications first time round. Ensure customer approves all artwork (where necessary) prior to finalizing the order. Retain proof and sample and file in storage chronologically. Effective management of buying orders (to meet customer orders timeously, effective use of warehouse space, quality control checks, fraud/theft). Ensure stock that is ordered has maximum shelf life. Ensure that suppliers who can deliver to Star Merchants various warehouses are engaged where appropriate and feasible such that Star Merchant can reduce its transport cost. Determine and develop appropriate sources of supply and maintaining cooperative working relationship with suppliers and to stay current with trends, technology, products and services. Prepare and process purchase orders. Resolve problems arising from the purchase of goods and services. Maintain a good working relationship with the stock control department to ensure goods are received and dispatched efficiently to the relevant person / branch. Open communication lines are needed between the accounting department and the buyer to ensure account payments are made on time to ensure delivery / collection is made on time. Effective issues of purchase orders and follow ups on outstanding deliveries or supplier back orders. People: Performance must be tracked by yourself and the onus is placed on you to set-up performance review meetings with the Buying Team Leader/Buying Manager. 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 are put in place and steps are taken to achieve the short term, medium term and long-term goals of the company. 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.