Assistant Buyer wanted at The Foschini Group

The Foschini Group is currently looking for an Assistant Buyer to be based in Western Cape

Closing date: 17 July 2024

Location: Western Cape

Key Responsibilities:

  • Administratively supporting all aspects of the buying process.  
  • Ensuring timeous placement of orders onto the purchasing system.  

  • Maintaining a control system for the sample room.  
  • Compiling, balancing, and updating spreadsheets and reports.  
  • Maintaining quality assurance control and audit of samples.  
  • All preparations prior to presentations 


  • Completing all administrative documentation that is related to loading products on to the merchandise system.  
  • Building constructive and mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers.  
  • Communicating with suppliers to gather all information required to load product.  

  • Processing of all amendments and communicating changes to relevant parties.  
  • Supporting the customer service team in resolving product and order queries and complaints and product sourcing and pricing queries.  
  • Managing orders through the critical path process.  

  • Pulling of weekly reports on incoming stock and liaising with suppliers for keep samples.  
  • Managing sample process between retail and production.  
  • Prepping of product and documents for quarterly SWOT’s  

  • Pulling samples / images for weekly sales reports or product meetings as requested by the buyer.  
  • Assisting Buyers with order placements.  
  • Assist with coordination of QA samples 


Qualification and Experience: 

  • Matric, Higher Certificate or Diploma  
  • 2- 3 years’ experience as a Buying Assistant  

  • Integral understanding of the retail buying process  
  • A good working knowledge of the current computer software packages (knowledge of Excel, Word & E-mail would be preferable).  


  • Planning & Organising  
  • Policy & Procedures 
  • Market Research and Analysis 
  • Supplier Management 


  • Builds Networks – establishes and nurtures internal and external relationships in order to create robust, and mutually beneficial, partnerships 

  • Collaborates – effectively works with others to achieve shared goals 
  • Communicates Effectively – conveys information and communicates ideas in a clear, concise and impactful manner 
  • Customer Focus – understands, anticipates, and meets the needs and expectations of customers 

  • Ensures Accountability – takes accountability and ensures others are held to account on agreed upon performance targets 
  • Manages Complexity – interprets and simplifies complex and contradictory information when resolving organisational problems 

  • Persuades – effectively influences others by gaining support and commitment in the delivery of organisational goals and objectives 
  • Plans and Aligns – develops plans and prioritizes initiatives that align to the organisational goals and objectives 

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