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Merchandise Manager / Buyer

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Date: 29-May-2019

Location: Laverton, Australia

Company: Metcash

Metcash | Australia’s leading wholesale distribution and marketing company





What we can offer:


  • Personal career development
  • Well-being days, 5th week leave, flexible work arrangements
  • Corporate health benefits


About the role:


The Buyer is a critical part of the merchandise function. This role is responsible for the execution of the strategy and will drive incremental sales through marketing campaignsThis role is a critical part of the merchandise function.  Bridging the gap between National Category teams and the State Sales and Operation teams.  The Buyer executes the national strategy into their respective state, ensuring the plan is rolled out.  You will look to drive incremental sales through tailored local marketing campaigns, take ownership of local supplier relationships.  You will also ensure the category range includes a strong local flavor. The role is focused on maximising State Category retail and wholesale sales. 


What you’ll do:


  • Inform on future range, giving feedback on Category Manager proposals and also contributing your own ideas.
  • Produce retailer GP guidelines
  • Use a state lens of what will drive sales and ensuring that there are no gaps. 
  • Develop and lead short-term strategies and liaise with National Category Teams
  • Maintain relationships with Vendors on inventory issues.
  • Drive local promotional deals
  • Oversea distribution of goods to stores
  • Work with local Stock Controllers to ensure clearance of lines is completed
  • Execute range reviews, new lines and deletions 
  • Partnering with Stock Control to achieve outcomes at pace 
  • Outline tactical \opportunities to the National Head of Merchandise, allowing the National team to provide solutions to drive extra sales
  • Local area marketing - Enhancing the national category plan, work with the State promotions to execute late week marked deals and organise tailored marketing initiative that compliment national programs. 
  • Own the end to end management of all state-based supplier promotions.
  • Interpret data, provide reports & remain up-to-date with market performance, category data, pricing & promotional activity to recommend opportunities for additional sales, competitiveness & to localise needs for Retailers & Shoppers


What you’ll bring:


  • Buying experience
  • Previous experience in retail / retail category management
  • Demonstrated ability in driving promotional strategies and managing matrix reporting lines
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate with suppliers
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Strong negotiation skills


About Us:


Metcash is Australia’s leading wholesale distribution and marketing company with sales of over $14 billion. We believe that it is absolutely vital to Australia that there is a sustainable, independent, family-owned business sector. Independent retailers support their local communities. We help them to be the ‘Best Store in Town’ by providing merchandising, operational and marketing support across our food, liquor and hardware pillars. Our purpose is to Champion Successful Independents!

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