REF: 11639/CLCK/Category Assistant/130215
Recruiter: Clicks
Closing Date: 31 December 2015
AA/EE: Applicable
Contract: Permanent
Location: Western Cape
Available: ASAP
Category: Retail
Offer: Market Related

Job Purpose:

Administratively managing and supporting all aspects of the Merchandise critical paths, e.g., new lines, promotions, Co-Ops, imports, LOA’s, new store openings, Club Card and private label, etc.

Job Objectives:

There is not a position at the moment for a Category Assistant however we are advertising for a talent pool of future Category Assistant positions that may arise. We may still require you to complete assessments and interviews as part of this process. When a position is available we will consider this talent pool for suitable candidates, in addition to the applications received.

  • To assist in ensuring speed to market by listing product range/s are delivered timeously to meet our customer’s needs.
  • To participate in the category strategic initiatives by providing input into the development and delivery of the category operating plan, e.g., market trends, research competitors, e.g. on shelf look and feel
  • To administer and maintain the product database, e.g. listing products, vendors, product status etc
  • To manage the control and review of marketing samples and pricing, both internally (BTB, Club card, Red-line, Brand Managers) and externally (vendors)
  • To liaise with stores and vendors with regards to pricing queries, product availability, promotions and action these requests or issues timeously.
  • Responsible for compiling and updating ad sheets, follow up with vendors with regards to deal confirmations and complete TEM Bill backs to maintain and improve the profitability of the category.
  • To ensure accuracy and efficiency of pricing, TEM bill backs, product listings, store notifications new lines, promotions (ad sheets), Co-Ops, imports, LOA’s, new store openings, Club Card and Private label, etc under time and workload pressures.
  • To build relationships with the category team stakeholders and external customers
  • To manage the general office administration (filing, account queries) and adhoc duties as required by the department

Job Requirements:
Qualifications and Experience

  • BCom Degree or Retail Management/Purchase Management Diploma – Desirable
  • Previous experience as a Buyer’s Assistant – Essential
  • Previous experience working with critical paths and project deadlines – Desirable

Skills, Abilities and Job Related Knowledge

  • Knowledge of Buying principles desirable
  • Knowledge of Supply Chain processes desirable
  • Knowledge of the Product lifecycle desirable
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical Skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Planning & organising
  • Communication Skills (written and verbal)
  • Time Management


  • Planning and Organising
  • Delivering Results and Meeting Customer Expectations
  • Following Instructions and Procedures
  • Analysing
  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Entrepreneurial and Commercial Thinking