Work As A Junior Category Buyer At Pick n Pay And Work On Optimizing Category Performance

Work As A Junior Category Buyer At Pick n Pay And Work On Optimizing Category Performance

  • Location: Kenilworth – Cape Town, South Africa
  • Number of Vacancies: 1
  • Closing Date: 03 June 2024

About Pick n Pay

The Pick n Pay Group is a South African retailer. It operates three brands – Pick n Pay, Boxer and TM Supermarkets. Pick n Pay also operates one of the largest online grocery platforms in sub-Saharan Africa. Raymond Ackerman purchased the first four Pick n Pay stores in Cape Town in 1967 from Jack Goldin.

Key Responsibilities

To compile and execute the Fish Sushi category plans in line with the strategy, objectives and category group guidelines on format/margin and assortment strategies. To optimize the performance of the assigned categories by having clear category plans in place that are aligned to the strategy, category group guidelines and being customer focused.

Understand negotiating position, key drivers, and desired outcomes; develop and present factual, rational, and compelling arguments to build support and gain commitment from other parties; understand when to engage in counter-negotiations to reach win-win outcomes

Anticipate negotiating roadblocks and objections, ensuring any contractual agreements entered into are structured according to the regulatory controls in place
Develop and recommend business strategies that target category-specific growth
Evaluate merchandising plans and their business impact; make recommendations for modifying plans based on findings 
Identify and recommend process improvements that target performance, quality, work efficiency / cost reduction
Maintain a solid working knowledge of assigned category, industry, and market; use knowledge of industry practices, business trends, distribution methods, and the competitive environment to develop buying plans
Implement and execute tactical buying plans, ensuring alignment with category-specific growth strategies, as well as Pick n Pay’s overall business strategy

Integrate with Store Operations and Store teams to drive the implementation of the category plan
Communicate regularly with suppliers to mutually share financial and other performance criteria; use metrics to identify performance gaps and hold suppliers accountable for achieving financial and other mutually agreed upon goals; develop and implement contingency plans to close performance gaps
Demonstrate confidence and expertise when interacting with suppliers whilst reinforcing the importance of Pick n Pay’s values, buying strategies and corporate initiatives
Implement and execute Private Brand category strategy, ensuring alignment with category-specific growth strategies, as well as PnP’s overall business strategy
Develop and implement action plans to enable the attainment of financial goals, leveraging knowledge of factors and trends that are likely to impact financial performance of the category.


Preferably relevant university Degree

1-2 years retail experience, preferably within store operations combined with category knowledge, as well as in store execution
Buying and Category Management experience will be advantageous
Strong Financial Background

SAP knowledge is an added advantage


Knowledge of buying fundamentals and product costings

Ability to understand building of recipes and factoring in various relatable costs, from raw material to packaging

Ability to understand and analyze complex detailed information to identify the source of the issues and recommend solutions to enhance the category performance

  • Commercial and Financial Acumen
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Networking and Relationship Building
  • Excellent Communications skills (Verbal and Written)
  • Good Negotiation and Influencing skills
  • Good Presentation skills

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