Placement Partner - Talentedrecruitment

4 Feb '20
Senior Footwear Merchandiser

Textiles/Clothing Industry; Wholesale & Retail Trade, KwaZulu Natal Durban

Negotiable - Negotiable

A busy and innovative Footwear Supplier seeks a dynamic and experienced SENIOR FOOTWEAR MERCHANDISER to join their team, based in Durban.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for driving sales and meeting targets.
  • Managing and growing existing business and taking initiative with new business opportunities.
  • Building strong relationships with buyers and ensuring excellent service and interaction at all times.
  • Trend research, overseas travel to buy ranges, and presenting to buyers.
  • Taking briefs from buyers and sending out costing enquiries.
  • Handling costing negotiations with suppliers and customers.
  • Sourcing new developments, updates for existing lines, and new styles for testing.
  • Executing development and test sample make up with suppliers.
  • Strategically placing orders with suppliers based on styling, capability, price, capacity, delivery, etc.
  • Ensuring confirmed orders are placed and handed over to coordination team for follow up.
  • Managing coordination team to ensure follow through right up to delivery.
  • Overseeing and signing off on all samples received from the factories.
  • Ensuring accurate and timeous communication with customers and suppliers on all matters relating to design, costing, approvals, and handling all serious issues or problems.
  • Reporting to Management on current styles, orders, pricing, deliveries, sales feedback, etc.


  • Solid Merchandising experience (ideally in Footwear) and be ready to hit the ground running.
  • Must have a good eye for product (footwear).
  • Good experience of working in the industry and dealing with key retail customers.
  • A good understanding of Import business and have dealt with China.
  • A good understanding of retail merchandise cycles and the supply chain.
  • Excellent costing and negotiating skills.
  • Skilled in product development and working with buyers and suppliers to engineer product offerings.
  • Must have travelled and be comfortable buying ranges and presenting.
  • Must be able to manage a team of co-ordinators and drive sales.
  • Must be dynamic and be able to handle pressure and problem solve.
  • Must be a good communicator and peoples person.
  • Must be able to get on well with colleagues in a team environment.
  • Must have a drivers license and be comfortable to meet with customers as and when needed.
  • Ideal candidate would be energetic, edgy and innovative, love shoes and be passionate about the footwear supply chain.

Ad Visible Until: 3 March 2020
Ref: DBN001336/JB

Vacancy Type: Permanent