Buyer

Position:

Buyer

Description:

Our client, a Leading Electronics Manufacturer, is looking for a Buyer

Must Have:
• 5+ year’s Purchasing experience
• Syspro experience
• Relevant Electronic Industry knowledge advantageous
• Excellent computer skills (Excel, Word)
• Critical thinking and negotiation skills
• Strong communication skills

Responsibilities:
• Research, select and purchase quality products and materials
• Build relationships with suppliers and negotiate with them for the best pricing
• Update inventory and ensure that stock levels are kept at appropriate levels
• Assess quality of stock received and escalate any discrepancies to suppliers and management
• Analyze market trends and apply this knowledge to make insightful buying decisions
• Place orders for ad hoc requirements as and when required
• Item coding new BOM’s
• Provide Sales with costed BOM’s as and when requested
• Expediting open orders in line with need dates
• Inform all relevant parties if delivery dates impact on production schedule
• Capture of Supplier Invoices
• Reconcile Supplier statements
• Assist in evaluation and prevention of excess and obsolete stock

Salary: R 18K – R 25K very negotiable

Contact:

Contact Person: Michael Christison

Tel: 031 303 6225

Email Address: michael@schlemmer.co.za

Commercial Manager

Position:

Commercial Manager

Description:

Our client, a well established Packaging & Labelling Company is looking for Commercial Manager

Must Have:
• relevant Bachelor’s Degree is required with a minimum of 4-5 years’ experience on commercial management, financial analysis and business processes, reporting and documenting
• Previous work experience in a manufacturing environment is advantageous
• Candidates who have completed their studies must have strong people management skills and performance manage by process and statistical reporting
• Experience in delivering timeous and accurate management information in a challenging and dynamic commercial environment
• Good broad understanding of business processes and controls
• Good appreciation of IT Systems and implementation skills
• Have the ability to take a top-to-bottom view but also have a hands-on approach.
• A very computerized financial and analytical individual
• High level business acumen, familiar with financial IT and software/computer platforms,
• Project Management
• Strong communication, inter-personal, leadership and business skills
• Good team skills to work on group projects and other collaborative efforts
• Familiarity with database concepts, data structures, and the use of advanced reporting tools
• Planning and working flexibly to a deadline
• Creative problem-solving skills, work well with minimal supervision, detail-oriented, highly organized and dependable
• Self-motivated person who takes the initiative to assume responsibility and ownership to obtain resolution
• Skill in analyzing and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures
• Ability to analyze comprehensive business processes, perform in-depth work analyses and develop computer-generated flow charts

Responsabilities:
Estimating
• Plays a strategic role in analysing pricing models against competitor pricing and align competitive estimating standards in conjunction with the Estimating team and Production performance capability
• Develop estimating standards which accurately reflect production capabilities
• Assess annual financial hourly rate recovery model and implements estimating hourly rates that will ensure recovery of overheads and maintain market competitiveness in prices quoted
• Review pricing to generate sales
• To facilitate customer price increases ensuring price lists are updated timeously to ensure raw material costs are contained and profit targets are achieved

Costing
• Conduct analysis on throughput sales and material usage by product and press to identify strategic focus areas for improvement
• Analyse all job costing, consumable usage, stock write offs and transport costs to turnover on a monthly basis and compares to monthly income statement to determine alignment or address discrepancies
• Analyse and signs off all jobs in terms of the estimated price, the actual price incurred and the invoiced price (Done via the ‘Jobs Completed Summary’ report.)
• Evaluates Work In Progress (WIP) schedules on a monthly basis for financial management accounts

Procurement
• Responsible for strategic procurement to ensure budgeted material percentage is achieved
• Negotiate competitive pricing, terms and rebates with suppliers and manage key supplier performance to ensure that deliveries dates meet required expectations
• Develops and reviews purchasing strategy with Buyer maximising opportunities for cost savings
• working closely with suppliers and customers to improve operations and reduce costs.
• Ensure purchasing incorporates a combination of best price, quality and service from suppliers
• Manage and ensure that agreed supplier price changes are updated on Prism MIS system timeously
• Analyse, investigate and approve Account Supplier queries for payment ensuring corrective action procedures are in place and agreed to by the responsible parties
• Participate in Group Procurement reviews and cost reduction exercises
• Responsible for BEEE compliance

Stock Management:
Raw Material Warehouse
• Management of raw material stock and WIP in line with budgets Effective management of obsolete or slow moving stock
• Manage the stores function to ensure that stock is issued timeously to support an uninterrupted flow of production
• Monitoring raw material and stock take reports
• Ensure optimum raw materials stock levels
• Manage the security and storage of raw materials as per the procedure manual
• Ensure and monitor procedures for accurate receipting, storage and issue of raw materials to production
• Ensure that regular stock takes are conducted according to IFRS audit standards
• Ensure physical stock count variances are fully investigated and counter measures put in place before signing off any variance discrepancies
• Analyse and strategize on high risk of obsolesce raw material items and identifies possible opportunities to use or sell to minimise write off cost

Finished Goods Stores
• Determine, agree and enforce business principles for warehousing of finished goods
• Ensure service level agreements / contracts are in place for all stock holding customers and agreements are enforced at order entry stage.
• Oversee that team that manages that sales orders are executed on time, and ensure that;
o Finished goods stock items and quantities are accurately recorded on prism management information system
o Maintain sufficient stock levels to meet customer sales orders and to manage re-orders and reprints
o Sales orders are timeously delivered and reported on
o All delivered sales orders have signed delivery notes
• Ensure that regular stock takes are conducted according to IFRS audit standards

Customer Service
• Develop a high performing service team culture that prioritises the customer experience and focus on team work, service excellence and ownership for resolving customer issues
• Create a customer service excellence environment through developing a CSR training programme
• Challenge the status quo in order to achieve a culture dedicated to customer service excellence, continuous improvement and best practices
• Encourage open communication between team members and internal customers and suppliers suggesting and driving forward ideas for effective and collaborative ways of working together to achieve service excellence
• Define operational performance standards and streamline business processes that will enhance service excellence and order entry accuracy
• Review daily priorities and progress towards achieving sales targets take appropriate action to ensure production planning and on time delivery targets are achieved
• Remain aware of new product developments and provide input to the business on customer service and support challenges
• Encourage continuous improvement by team oriented learning and training

Contracts and Tenders
• Review all contracts and negotiate key elements of current contracts (in conjunction with the GM) and those being tendered for, to ensure compliance with relevant standards of measurement and pricing to meet Business Plan objectives and conditions within the contract
• Assist in contract & tender calculations sales plan and convert it into a set of objectives and plans for execution
• Establish objectives and strategies for managing the contribution to organisational objectives relating to tenders
• Build and maintain an effective contract and tender process ensuring accurate completion of all documentation relating to tenders
• Develop and control relationships with successful contract / tender customers
• Manage and control the delivery of tenders when necessary

Staff Management
• Responsible for performance management of staff and conducting performance appraisals
• Take decisions in a timely and appropriate manner, whilst at the same time ensuring that others follow similar principles to support business revenue growth and profit objectives
• Focus and push both self and others to achieve targets, budgets and goals despite any opposition or antagonism encountered
• Develop trust and be willing to build relationships and counsel and assist others to achieve organisational objectives
• Provide a positive and innovative work environment and encourage people to accomplish tasks
• Achieve results through developing leadership, informed decision making skills and discipline to applying standard operating procedures and a systematic approach
• Create a sense of urgency to situations, demonstrate a proactive approach, be willing to become involved in order to increase the pace and achieve goals and objectives
• Deal effectively with grievance in accordance with company grievance procedure
• Responsible for upholding and maintaining discipline where employees fail to adhere to company rules or where performance is unacceptable
• Management and authorization of staff sick and annual leave on ESS
• To assist in the full scale function of recruitment and selection that falls under the commercial role
• To assist in change management initiatives as may be required
• Responsible for identifying and managing training objectives within the department in order to fulfill business units skills requirements and succession planning
• Transfer skills to team by effectively training, mentoring and coaching

Maintain Effective Communication
• Develop open and effective communication with the General Manager, all Management teams, support staff, external customers and suppliers
• Share knowledge with others to draw on skills of experts where required to fulfill customer requirements
• Apply a customer driven and consultative approach to managing the commercial function using excellent statistical reporting and presentation skills
• Attend meetings with management and supervisory team within production to ensure that timeframes and customers’ requirements are met
• Provide accurate and timely reports and information to all relevant parties i.e. customers, divisions and departmental heads

Salary: R 70K – R 80K CTC

Contact:

Contact Person: Jessie Buxton

Tel: 031 303 6225

Email Address: jessie@schlemmer.co.za

Imports Replenishment Buyer and Planner

Position:

Imports Replenishment Buyer and Planner

Description:

Our client, a leading Retail Chain Head Office in Midrand, is looking for an Imports Replenishment Buyer and Planner

Must Have:
• Grade 12 / Matric
• Tertiary Qualification in Supply Chain or similar field
• Minimum of 2 years as a Replenishment Buyer
• 3 years related experience in Customer Service, Planning, Imports and Business Analysis within Retail Industry
• SAP Experience
• South African or valid work permit
• MIE, clear criminal and credit
• Driver’s license and/or own reliable transport

Responsabilities:
• Replenish orders into the Distribution Centre per portfolio allocated to you
• Check weekly stock holding in the Distribution Centre/ supplier deliveries and maintain a required day of supply as set out with management
• Work on inbound order issues returns, supplier recalls
• Ensure allocations are executed accordingly
• Maintain day’s stock cover in line with the group or buyer requirements
• Oversee inventory and suggest transfers to prevent overstock issues and balance network inventory
• Work with planning and allocation teams to ensure the right stock amount is planned in the right place, at the right time
• Roll out new Replenishment products, suggests opportunities for expansion as well as reduction of non-performing products
• Analyse store and warehouse flow to predict potential out of stocks and determine the best actions needed to remedy to optimize availability and maximise inventory efficiency
• Conduct weekly business analysis, ensure proper inventory level by consistently reviewing Days stock cover, Sell Through and Trend
• Analyse past and current business trends and provide recommendations
• Maintain units of measure and master data that affects ordering and F&R
• Ensure optimal communication with suppliers on all replenishment related issues
• Communicate and coordinate between marketing, sales, customer service and operations during shortfalls
• Support the Replenishment Analyst on new store setups, inventory analysis & case fill rate
• Collaborate with internal Supply Planning team on future inventory needs
• Identify issues and maximising data availability (SAP, BI) to make recommendations
• Monitor and control promotion ordering
• Track promotions by analysing promotion post mortems and formulate a recommendation to improve processes for the next activity

Salary: R 25K – R 29K + Benefits

Contact:

Contact Person: Michael Christison

Tel: 031 303 6225

Email Address: michael@schlemmer.co.za

Demand Planner

Position:

Demand Planner

Description:

Our client, a leading Retail Chain Head Office in Midrand, Michael Christison is looking for a Demand Planner

Must Have:
• Grade 12 / Matric
• BCom. Accounting, Quantitative Management, Logistics and Supply Chain or Inventory Management qualification
• 3 years’ minimum relevant experience in the relevant industry
• SAP experience or certification, Windows environment and Advance Excel
• Previous experience in Inventory Planning and Procurement, Business Analysis and Customer Service and Experience in Pharmaceutical or FMCG

Responsabilities:
• Analyse future import planning and projections for all global sourcing requirements for both stores and Distribution Centre’s (DC’s)
• Ensure the effective utilisation of forecasting methods and software tools to deliver and monitor forecast accuracy
• Plan and manage the open to buy process; forecasting sales, markdowns and receipts to maximise opportunity and minimise risks
• Establish and maintain consolidated reports
• Analyse and maintain long range sales forecasts on a weekly basis to ensure recommended order quantities are based on reasonably accurate sales forecasts
• Conduct daily and weekly analysis and monitoring of all POS activity to develop the right forecast and delivery strategy
• Establish and manage all promotional, new, and dropped item purchase orders to ensure product is delivered on time and in full, for all globally sourced items
• Acquire thorough knowledge of the assortment and promotional planning business processes, as well as a detailed understanding of the replenishment procedures required to execute inventory purchases and/or closeouts
• Analyse stores and DC’s flows to predict potential out of stocks and determine the best actions to address
• Monitor and understand demand plan accuracy with the aim of minimising inaccuracies and the impact thereof
• Analyse reports daily to identify issues that impact in-stock and or inventory at both store level and DC’s, to optimise availability and maximise inventory efficiency
• Challenge and consolidate the promotions and launches sales forecasts projected by the Sales and Marketing teams
• Review orders and ensure they are within guidelines
• Review recommended replenishment import purchase orders on a weekly basis, and place orders as required to maintain adequate levels of inventory across the supply chain network
• Review orders and ensure they are within OTB guidelines
• Forecast import DC stock split, to be used in the planning of required stock allocation or delivery for the first month and preceding months
• Analyse on-order import facility purchase orders and current inventory need, by all DC’s to determine appropriate distribution centre inventory splits, which is required for all import facility purchase orders prior to arrival
• Analyse past and current business trends and provide recommendations to Group Planner and improve opportunities; gain alignment on recommendations and implement findings
• Display anomalies and assist in relevant changes advised by buyers to rework necessary calculations
• Running relevant reports for the importance of providing buyers with necessary information for sales and stock at a particular point in time (seasonality, renovations and promotions)
• Assist with compiling monthly reports and monthly summaries
• Establish and maintain monthly status reports and present to the relevant buyer’s and category manager
• Prepare and update monthly summary of FMCG purchases, to be presented at monthly planning meetings
• Establish and maintain a relationship among planners, sales, marketing and finance, for effective knowledge sharing and optimal forecasting
• Collaborate with cross-functional teams/departments to incorporate the on-boarding of new products, retirement of old products, customer-specific inventory requirements, regulatory changes, and promotions into the demand planning process and recommendations
• Support the Replenishment team on new store setups, inventory analysis and case fill rate
• Support collaboratively with internal Supply Planning Team on future inventory needs

Salary: R 20K – 35K + benefits

Contact:

Contact Person: Michael Christison

Tel: 031 303 6225

Email Address: michael@schlemmer.co.za

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