Req ID:  947

Auckland, New Zealand

Date:  05-Jun-2022

Local Buyer Manager, Oceania

Job Description

We are seeking a charismatic, confident, seasoned professional, who excels at strategy, numbers and brand relationships, to join our Auckland based DFS NZ management team. . 

With a dual reporting line to the Senior Manager of Food and Gifts and the VP Retail Operations Oceania, the Local Buyer Manager is responsible for developing and managing the categories / department strategies including but not limited to global & local food & gifts, local beauty, local fashion, local footwear and local accessories; assortment plans, vendor negotiations and relations, exclusive product development, retail price management, merchandise plans, promotional planning, purchase order placements and achievement of the financial objectives. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Delivery of category sales, gross margin and turnover performance to plan
  • Forecasting, purchase order placement and monitoring of overall inventory levels to plan and forecast
  • Developing financial objectives and targets for the team that focus on category and brand growth and profitability
  • Identifying and evaluating sales and gross margin opportunities at the department level
  • Establishing and implementing long and short-term strategic direction for the departments that are consistent with global categories strategy and division strategy
  • Managing “Open to Buy”, responsible for buy runs, age inventory management and expiry clearance. Ensure accurate and timely completion of department OTB every month at the division and group level
  • Developing and executing assortment strategies for total categories
  • Negotiating terms, pricing and details to maximize sales, margin and inventory
  • Monitoring productivity through reports and react to change strategy pro-actively
  • Running competitive strategy, including assortments, promotions, pricing, seasonal  conversion etc.
  • Managing store and division relationships (communications and execution of strategies, focus, promotions, clearances, etc.)
  • Monitoring distribution to store, communicate minimum presentation stocks, needs and changes to the Distributors
  • Managing floor space productivity and inventory liaising with local operations team


Key Requirements

To succeed in this rare unique position, you will possess the following:

  • Ideally 3-5-years of recent experience in a similar role in covering merchandising and/or planning
  • Proven experience in developing and executing planograms, analyzing productivity, executing category management and pricing strategies
  • Competency in Strategy, in terms of creating and communicating category strategies and incorporating emerging product trends
  • A high level of comfort with numbers and analysis
  • The communication, presentation, people and negotiation skills required to manage and lead relationships with local and international business partners and brands
  • The ability to be resourceful and handle multiple priorities and work effectively in a fast paced, high pressure environment


At DFS we offer you world class training for those that demonstrate the values and commitment that DFS aspire to. We also offer a competitive remuneration package including an annual bonus, subsidised health care, life insurance and generous staff discount.

Travel will be required within the Oceania area.

If you have the drive and ambition to develop a career in a leading international company then contact us today!

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to contact shortlisted candidates.

DFS is an equal opportunity employer. It is the Company’s policy and practice to employ, promote and treat all employees and applicants on the basis of merit, qualifications and competency and to provide all employees with a workplace that is free of discrimination. Employment decisions are based on qualifications such as education, work experience and talent, and are made without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other basis protected by law.