Food Buyer

Reference: 7974 MLR
Consultant: Michelle Le Roux

Job Description:

  • Identify, analyse, and interpret lifestyle, industry, retail and cosmetic trends to establish a product plan and category strategy.
  • Identify the latest retail and consumer trends and needs delivering strategic innovation and profitable sales growth.
  • Execute and manage the product development process to ensure that product ranges are delivered according to the organization’s brand values of quality, innovation, inspiration, product safety and intrinsic value.
  • Develop strong supplier relationships and drive supplier management to deliver mutually beneficial strategies.
  • Identify potential product upgrades and repositioning to continuously improve the quality standards and customer satisfaction of the product ranges.
  • Initiate and manage the packaging development, innovation, and packaging design processes with customer-facing messages and effective brand identity and range clarity.
  • Effective interpretation and understanding of customer research and customer focus group outcomes.
  • Supplier and farm supply product development integration, coordination, and evaluation.
  • Prepare and review proposals, contracts, and supplier agreements for retail and legal correctness, export compliance, trading term compliance, and price, as well as acceptability of items to specifications, competitiveness with the market, and market position.


  • BSc Consumer Science or a relevant BCom or BSc qualification is a requirement.
  • At least 5 – 8 years’ experience in category management, buying, and/or product development or related experience.
  • Experience in perfume and product formulation technology.

How to Apply:

  • Email your comprehensive CV to
  • If you are already registered, please forward your CV and the relevant reference number to the consultant with whom you are currently registered in order to avoid duplicity on our system.
  • We reserve the right to only conduct interviews with candidates of choice.
  • Applicants who have not received feedback within 30 days from the closing date must please accept their application as unsuccessful.