Assistant Buyer – Alghanim Industries – Kuwait City – Kuwait

Job Summary
To manage a defined category or sub category to continuously improve ranges and promotions and exceed sales and margin targets. Develop a category plan that supports delivery of the customer plan, market share acquisition, excellent availability + omni channel leadership.

Job Responsibilities
Develop Category Strategy with buyer to achieve Sales/Profitability targets, and maximize market share of assigned category
Develop assortment frequently including Brands, Products & Agencies to ensure freshness and improve profitability
Regular planogram updates with merchandising team to cover effective display principles and ensure sell out of phase out / display inventory
Implement promo strategy & support functions to ensure business objectives are met; review effectiveness of promotion activity and update team
Support advertising & marketing strategy; implement through marketing; review effectiveness of all activities and update category head / team
Support Order & Replenishment process through team ensuring an optimal inventory, availability and aged are in control
Support new Product Development process & Sourcing for Own Brands
Follow & analyze market trends, daily marketing review of core competition to ensure competitiveness in assortment and pricing
Work with service & support teams constantly to improve business processes and increase customer satisfaction
Online category development and promo strategy development to ensure competitiveness with market & grow online business
Manage selected Supplier Relationships as required, agency & non-agency. Range development , negotiate commercial terms , promotional / marketing activities , other operating incomes and follow up on timely payment of supplier receivables
In store layout, display & space management/execution via planogram and stores visits
Min weekly visits to core stores + competitors with actionable follow up circulated to wider team

Candidate Requirements
At least 3 – 5 years’ experience within Electronic retailing with at least w years Category Management experience
In-depth knowledge of and experience in managing a Consumer Electronics Category
Professional development in retail strategy / category management
Excellent analytical skills and aptitude to draw out plans and assess accurately the market needs for the category
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent MS office skills + knowledge of SAP or Business Objects preferred
Strong relationship building skills
Strong negotiation skills
Organizational leadership skills
Attention to detail / analytical
Superior drive + follow up

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