Job Title

General Merchandise Buyer

Kwazulu Natal
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R35000 - R35000 Per Month
Sector: Recruitment
Posted: 5 January 2024

Job Details

A leading FMCG exporter is currently looking for a General Merchandise Buyer who has experience in procuring general merchandise for the export market.

We are looking for someone who has a trading mentality, who can see opportunities and who always gives of themselves 110%. They need to be able. The candidate needs to have had previous sales experience as well as procurement experience to be considered for this role.


Sourcing and Procurement:

  • Identify and source a diverse range of general merchandise products for export for our mixed container business.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local and international suppliers.
  • Negotiate favourable terms, conditions, and pricing with suppliers to maximize value for the company.

Market Analysis:

  • Stay informed about industry trends, market conditions, and competitor activities.
  • Work closely with the BDMs to identify new products and suppliers

Supplier Management:

  • Evaluate supplier performance and conduct regular supplier reviews.
  • Maintaining and developing supplier relationships
  • Collaborate with suppliers to optimize product quality, pricing, and delivery schedules.
  • Resolve any issues or disputes with suppliers promptly.

Logistics and Shipping:

  • Coordinate with logistics and shipping teams to ensure timely and cost-effective export of merchandise.

Quality Control:

  • Work closely with quality control teams to ensure that all merchandise meets or exceeds quality standards.
  • Implement and maintain quality control processes throughout the procurement and export process.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, or a related field.
  • At least 5 years experience as a Buyer or in a similar procurement role.
  • Successful track record of buying
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills.
  • Must understand pricing, claims, value chains and settlement discounts.
  • Knowledge of Exports and logistics would be advantageous
  • Familiarity with general merchandise market trends.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, high pressure and dynamic environment

We are looking for someone who exudes the following characteristics:

  • Determined and motivated
  • Able to hold their own in a negotiation situation.
  • Persistent and proactive
  • Good attention to detail
  • Able to handle a high pressurised environment.
  • Able to have difficult conversations and still get a positive result
  • Good interpersonal skills, an ability to read people well is advantageous
  • Solution driven
  • Resourceful, creative and dynamic
  • Able to multitask