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Superbalist - Buying Manager

is a fast growing online fashion business based in South Africa. We’re obsessive about our high performance yet collaborative culture, and are looking for leaders to join our team. We think big, move fast, take ownership and are used to winning. We’re lucky to be surrounded by colleagues who are experts in their field, working together to create a world class brand.

We’re looking for people who:

are decisive
are continuously learning & improving
think big
are proactive
obsess about the customer and the customer experience
are accountable
are trustworthy, approachable and open minded
simplify processes and solve complexity
diverse and inclusive

If that sounds exciting to you, then you may be right for Superbalist, and ready to help us build SA’s biggest and best fashion retailer.


As the Womenswear Buying Manager you will contribute to the continued growth of Superbalist by driving and managing a team of buyers to be the biggest and most loved fashion destination in South Africa. You will be working in a fast paced and dynamic environment with leaders in their field. Your primary accountability is to build and manage the strategy for our private label using historical data, trend and market analytics as well as knowledge of the SA fashion business, targeted to the young South African millennial consumer that will deliver and/or exceed all KPI’s.

Reports to:

Head of Buying

The Role:

Ensure the Superbalist Customer is at the heart of everything that we do
Be accountable for delivery to all KPI’s including sales, margin and stock targets.
Through in-depth market and data analysis, as well as experience in the local/ international womenswear apparel market, create a strategy that brings the world’s best product to Superbalist customers exclusively and at the right price to drive continued profitable sales growth.
Be the first to market through monitoring of global and local trends.
Manage your team to ensure effective delivery to all strategic intents.
Partner with the team to ensure that private label merchandise delivers to retail strategy against pricing, margin and assortment.
Negotiate preferential trading terms with local and international suppliers
Be accountable for securing and managing key accounts and maintain strong working relationships to negotiate best price, great value offers and exclusive stock.
Partner with the Planners to jointly analyse the data, identifying gaps and opportunities.
Lead by example through coaching, mentoring and directing a team of buyers to create a culture that lives the Superbalist values.
Collaborate effectively with internal teams to deliver a world class customer experience through all platforms of engagement including, web content, marketing, social and customer support.
Manage critical path and partner with the logistics team to ensure on time and accurate delivery of stock
Motivate and develop your team, while ensuring appropriate succession planning.

Key Requirements

Relevant Diploma or Degree in Fashion, Marketing, Design, BSC or BComm
8+ years’ experience in retail with experience in Womenswear is essential 
2+ years managerial experience in retail and/or e-commerce environment
Proven experience managing a medium-sized team
Competency in MS Office packages specifically in excel
Deep knowledge and understanding of retail maths
Proven ability in analytics & logical interpretation of data
Strong private label experience in womenswear apparel 

Key Skills

Be a strong communicator with the ability to negotiate and influence
Attention to detail, systematic and process driven
Excellent commercial acumen
Sound leadership, coaching and mentoring skills coaching and mentoring skills

Superbalist is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from the previously disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities will be given preference.
Cape Town, WC, ZA