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Merchandise Buyer - Kidswear

Apply now Job no: 501548
Work type: Permanent Full-time
Location: VIC Metro
Categories: Merchandise - Buyer

It's an exciting time at Kmart, we are currently Australia's most profitable retailer and we have some big plans in place that will ensure our business continues to grow and be hugely successful! We are currently transforming our digital channels with the aim of significantly increasing our online business and, with another 50 new stores in the pipeline and expansion into new markets, there has never been a better time to join this iconic retailer!

The key to our success? Our vision where families come first for the lowest prices on everyday items.  Our products and prices are IRRESISTIBLE and every day we do our utmost to exceed our customer expectations.

Over the past few years we’ve revolutionised the way we buy and merchandise our product and have successfully transformed our business into one of Australia’s most successful discount department store retailers. Our focus is to deliver an exceptional own brand product whilst ensuring we maintain extraordinarily low prices whilst delivering great quality. Our Buying team, in partnership with our Designers and Planners are critical to the success of Kmart and we are currently seeking applications from experienced Buyers for an opportunity in our Kidswear business.

Based at our National Office in Mulgrave, as Kidswear Buyer at Kmart Australia, you will be responsible for driving growth in a specific category and your responsibilities will include:

  • Manage the Critical Path Process from design to production to pricing to store, all in collaboration with designers and planners.
  • Custodian of customer insights relevant to your category to aid in identifying and delivering product ranging that targets our core customer needs.
  • Direct management of one or two Buyer Assistants
  • In conjunction with the Business Managers, develop and deliver strategic direction, as well as tactical merchandise plans, incorporating business plans and market trends.
  • Assist in managing the financial plans to achieve sales, calculate income and stock turn.
  • Ensure all merchandise conforms to quality standards and legal requirements whilst adhering to a low cost low price model.
  • Manage the approved Kmart supplier relationships as well as regularly evaluate performance to ensure service level requirements are met.

To be successful for this role, you will ideally possess the following critical skills and experience;

  • Prior experience in Apparel Merchandise Retail Buying (those with experience in Kidswear will be considered highly favourable) with a large volume retailer, ideally big box.
  • Proven success driving category growth and delivering increased profit through development and delivery of private label ranging.
  • Direct (ethical) Sourcing and Product Development experience having worked with Kidswear Apparel design and planning teams to bring a vision to life.
  • Well-honed commercial skills combined with the ability to analyse customer’s needs, conduct market research and engage with our Customer Insights Team to establish effective merchandise strategies and develop on-trend ranges.
  • People management experience of Junior Buyers or Buying Assistants
  • Success oriented, you thrive in a team environment and enjoy being able to contribute to a business where you can further drive growth.

Our culture is fun, positive, honest and professional. We treat each other equally, with respect and we like to keep things simple. We operate at a fast pace, are highly results focussed and we all work collaboratively to ensure the continued success of our business and that we delight our customers every day! Our structure is non-hierarchical; our leaders are approachable and foster a culture that encourages innovation, safety and autonomy.

We have a lot to offer our team members including great development opportunities across both Kmart and the Wesfarmers Group, excellent remuneration, an uncapped bonus scheme and benefits program and access to Wesfarmers share plan.

So if you have the required experience and our culture sounds like the right fit for you – don't miss this great opportunity to join Australia's most profitable retailer.

Phone screening and interviews will occur prior to the closing date of this advertisement.

Candidates interested in this position should apply directly to this advertisement as we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies. Agencies - Please do not contact us or send applicants to us unless requested to by a Recruitment team member.

To apply please upload your current resume and complete the online application form.

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