Ackermans: Temp: Facilities and Utilities Manager




Job Title: TEMP - Facilities and Utilities Manager
Department: Operations - Properties
Brand: Ackermans
Reporting To Position: Manager
Job Type Classification: Temporary
Number of Positions: 01

Location - Town / City: Kuilsriver
Location - Province: Western Cape
Location - Country: South Africa

Job Purpose:
We are looking for a TEMP to effectively manage all the services which support the functionality and well being of the Head Office and stores, which include the maintenance, OHASA, utilities and security as per the necessary legal requirements and company standards. Further to this this person will ensure that everything is operating properly for building occupants to do their work.

Qualifications:
Essential:
Grade 12

Preferred:
Diploma/Degree in Project Management.
Qualification or some form of training in building services related disciplines.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
Essential:
3-5 years facilities management (preferably Retail exposure)
Preferred:
Project management experience in construction industry.
OHASA legislation and processes.
Contractor networking.
Negotiations on service levels.
Security systems and products.

KNOWLEDGE required:
People Management.
Budgeting.
Negotiation facilitation.
SLA agreements.
Interpretation of plans and layouts.

Key Responsibilities:
1.Co-ordinating building maintenance and operational activities.
2.Architectural / engineering planning and design.
3.Effective sourcing of suppliers and contractors.
4.Ensure that facilities meet government regulations and environmental, health and security standards.
5.Cost and budget management.
6.Project management and planning.
7.Supervising mutli-disciplinary teams of staff (i.e security, fedex, cleaners)
8.Scheduled visits to evaluate compliance and maintenance standards at various sites and complexes.

Other: Drivers licence

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!

Ackermans: FMCG Buyer




Job Title: FMCG Buyer
Department: Merchandise – Buying
Brand: Ackermans
Reporting To Position: Manager
Job Type Classification: Permanent
Number of Positions: 1

Location - Town / City: Kuils River
Location - Province: Western Cape
Location - Country: South Africa

Job Purpose:
Our ideal candidate will be self-motivated, passionate about performance and will have the high energy level required for this fast-paced, exciting and dynamic retail environment.

This position for Buyer, reporting directly to the Buying Manager, is an exciting and challenging opportunity that will require the successful candidate to add strategic value to our expanding Necessities, Nappies, Toiletries & Sweets portfolios, by being responsible for buying the above-mentioned ranges, in accordance with Company strategies.

Qualifications:
- A Matric/Grade 12 certificate is an essential requirement.
- A relevant qualification in National Diploma in Retail Management, Degree in Bachelors of Commerce or business related field from a recognised training or educational institution would be a definite advantage.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
- 3 – 5 years merchandise buying experience within a FMCG buying environment is an important requirement.
- Previous experience in procuring product categories such as toiletries, confectionary and nappies would be a definite advantage.
- A comprehensive knowledge/understanding of SA’s retail clothing market, customers and competitors
- An integral understanding of the Clothing Retail Cycle, critical path & buying process
- An understanding of retail business systems and related processes, specifically in an FMCG environment
- An understanding of product components (in order to effectively negotiate price)
- A sound ability to analyse and work with numerical data
- Good judgment together with sound analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills
- Merchant skills & a sound trader mentality
- Conflict management skills
- Presentation skills

- Compentence in all the latest Microsoft applications (a minimum of intermediate competency in Excel is important)
- The ability to:
o identify, distinguish, understand and assess colours & promotional material
o be assertive
o work independently, as well as be a team player
o understand and interpret trends relevant to the product category
o create a shared vision and positively influence others
o communicate effectively at all levels both within, as well as outside the company
o to be resilient, have tenacity and maintain high levels of drive and initiative under pressure
o drive new innovations in terms of product and promotions
o effectively negotiate trading terms with new and existing suppliers
o build ranges for necessitites
- An advanced ability to build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers
- Excellent negotiation skills and is able to secure win-win agreements with others
- Excellent time management, organizing and administrative skills
- A strong sense of integrity
- Resilience – to cope with high pressure, work load & a volatile rand/dollar exchange rate

Key Responsibilities:
- Achieving and exceeding the departmental inflow margin and GP Rands, as signed off at the seasonal business plan meetings.
- Influencing and executing the seasonal product and purchasing strategy for a given department/s in partnership with the Buying Manager and in line with the Business Plan.
- Being responsible for researching, understanding and executing the relevant seasonal trends in line with the target market and departmental purchasing strategy.
- Building a competitive product range according to the purchasing strategy in order to maximise sales.
- Selecting the correct supplier/s for the appropriate product category and managing them according to the Company policies and procedures, with reference to the approved business plan.
- Ensuring the timeous execution of procurement administration to meet the target dates in the critical path of the supply chain.
- Sourcing and procuring the correct products within the seasonal strategic framework in accordance with the agreed quality specifications and standards.
- Liaising and collaborating with the Packaging Manager with regards to packaging updates and innovations (including branding and labelling).
- Reacting to in-season sales performance, in collaboration with Planning/Suppliers/Agents, to turn on/turn off stock in order to maximize agreed KPIs.
- Liaising and collaborating with the SBU’s Product Co-Ordinator with regards to all marketing endeavours in line with Company Strategy.

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!

Ackermans: Buyer: Bedding & Filled Product




Job Title: Buyer Bedding & Filled Product
Department: Merchandise - Buying
Brand: Ackermans
Reporting To Position: Manager
Job Type Classification: Permanent
Number of Positions: 1

Location - Town / City: Kuils River
Location - Province: Western Cape
Location - Country: South Africa

Job Purpose:
We are looking for a proactive, efficient, self-motivated and positive Buyer, who understands key trends in homeware and has the ability to interpret these to meet the needs of our customers.

Reporting to the Buying Manager of Home SBU, our ideal candidate will be able to manage the complexity of successfully trending, sourcing and procuring homewares in accordance with company strategies and to grow our homeware business.

Qualifications:
- A Matric/Grade 12 certificate is an essential requirement.
- A relevant qualification in Fashion, Textile Design /Clothing Production/ Product Development /Merchandising, or a related field would be a definite advantage.
- A minimum of 3 years buying experience in the retail industry is an essential requirement.
- Knowledge and understanding of fabrics and the make-up of textile products would be highly beneficial.
- Previous experience in a clothing/textile manufacturing environment would be beneficial.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS:
- a successful track record in procurement (preference will be given to candidates who have experience in the procurement of textiles/home wares)
- a comprehensive knowledge/understanding of SA's retail homeware market, customers and competitors
- an integral understanding of the retail cycle, critical path & buying process
- an understanding of retail business systems and related processes
- a flair/eye for product
- an understanding of product components (in order to effectively negotiate price)
- a sound ability to analyse and work with numerical data
- good judgment together with sound analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills
- merchant skills & a sound trader mentality
- conflict management skills
- presentation skills
- competence in all the latest Microsoft applications (advanced competency in Excel is important)
- an advanced ability to build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers
- excellent relationship-building and networking skills (cross-functional collaboration between Buying, Planning & Product Technology is essential)
- is an excellent negotiator and is able to secure win-win agreements with others
- is deadline-driven, has a high energy level and is prepared to go the extra mile
- has excellent time management, organizing and administrative skills
- has a strong sense of integrity
- is able to:
o identify, distinguish, understand and assess colours, CAD approvals and strike offs
o engineer products to achieve the desired value proposition
o travel (approximately 4 overseas trips a year)
o be assertive
o work independently, as well as be a team player
o understand and interpret trends relevant to the product category
o create a shared vision and to positively influence others
o build ranges
o communicate effectively at all levels both within, as well as outside the company
o be resilient, have tenacity and maintain high levels of drive and initiative under pressure

Key Responsibilities:
- Achieving and exceeding the departmental inflow margin and GP Rands, as signed off at the seasonal business plan meetings.
- Influencing and executing the product and purchasing strategy for a given department/s in partnership with the Buying Manager and in line with the Business Plan.
- Being responsible for researching, understanding and executing the relevant seasonal trends in line with the target market and departmental purchasing strategy.
- Building a competitive product range according to the purchasing strategy in order to maximise sales.
- Selecting the correct supplier/s for the appropriate product category and managing them according to the Company policies and procedures, with reference to the approved business plan.
- Ensuring the timeous execution of procurement administration to meet the target dates in the critical path of the supply chain.
- Sourcing and procuring the correct products within the seasonal strategic framework in accordance with the agreed quality specifications and standards.
- Liaising and collaborating with the Packaging Manager with regards to packaging updates and innovations (including branding and labeling).
- Reacting to in-season sales performance, in collaboration with Planning/Suppliers/Agents, to turn on/turn off stock in order to maximize agreed KPIs.
- Liaising and collaborating with the SBU's Product Co-Ordinator with regards to all marketing endeavors to ensure 'THE LOOK FOR LESS'.

Click here to apply







Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!

Ackermans: Buyer’s Assistant




Job Title: Buyer's Assistant (Ackermans Home)
Department: Merchandise – Buying
Brand: Ackermans
Reporting To Position: Manager
Job Type Classification: Permanent
Number of Positions: 1

Location - Town / City: Kuilsriver Cape Town
Location - Province: Western Cape
Location - Country: South Africa

Job Purpose:
Our Ackermans Home Business unit is looking for a resilient, confident and hard-working team player to provide effective and accurate administrative and general assistance to the Buyer of the above-mentioned department in their respective areas of responsibilities.

Our ideal candidate will be an excellent administrator with the high energy levels & the necessary passion required for a fast paced, exciting and dynamic retail environment.

Qualifications:
- A Grade12/Matric certificate is an essential requirement.
- Previous experience (preferably 2 years) in an Administrative or Buyer’s Assistant role (preferably in a Retail/Buying environment).
- A relevant tertiary qualification in Administration or related field, would be a definite advantage.
- Proficiency in the latest Microsoft packages (Word, Excel, and Outlook) is essential.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
- Has the ability to:
o Assess problems and make decisions
o Communicate effectively both within, as well as outside the Company
o Build and maintain relationships
o Be resilient and maintain high levels of drive and initiative under pressure
o Positively influence others
o Be resourceful
o Prioritise
o Work independently, as well as be a team player
o Be proactive
o Be deadline driven
o Be flexible and adapt to change
o Be assertive
- Has sound planning, organizing and time management skills
- Is fast and accurate with regards to processing and checking detail
- Has a strong service, detail and learning orientation
- Has high energy levels to cope with constant pressure
- Has a strong sense of integrity
- Is reliable
- Is emotionally mature
- Is able to be “hands on” when the buyer is travelling

Key Responsibilities:
- Providing general assistance to your Buyer with:
o Business plans
o Preparation for all merchandise related activities that require product to be pulled, sorted, ordered and hanged (i.e. range reviews, post-seasonal meetings, supplier meetings, comp shops, red seal reviews etc.)
o Dealing with supplier queries
o Answering phones when the Buyer is out/travelling
o Projects
o Preparation for tendering processes
o All other general administration
- Executing all administration relating to the procurement process to ensure on-time delivery as per the critical path dates/deadlines
- Communicating effectively with all relevant role players
- Capturing and monitoring all purchase orders
- Continuously updating all systems with the required information
- Updating and assisting with style cards and sample management
- Effectively communicating and following up internally on:
o Fabric approvals
o Fit & sealed/assessed samples
o Marketing samples
o Packaging updates/innovations
- Effectively communicating and following up with all relevant external role players/key relationships such as
o Suppliers
o Agents
o GPS

Other: Kindly note that this position is not considered the ideal route towards a career in Buying. Should you be interested in pursuing a career in Buying, please register you CV on our career website so that you can keep yourself informed should opportunities on our Trainee Buyer Program become available.

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!