AF22053 - Buyer | Plug Ins | Dubai

Department: Plug Ins
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 13-Dec-2015

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim is one of the most progressive regional business houses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Al-Futtaim employs in excess of 44,000 people, operates through more than 200 companies and represents more than 225 international brands across industries as diverse as retail and wholesale trading, distribution, real estate development, leisure and hospitality, insurance and financial services. The group has significantly expanded its business operations in recent years through a strategic acquisition plan and has entered a number of new territories, increasing its footprint beyond the GCC and Greater Middle East to encompass Africa, South East and North Asia, Australasia, East Africa and Europe.

Entrepreneurship and rigorous customer focus has enabled Al-Futtaim to grow its business by responding to the changing needs of the customers and societies in which it operates. Al-Futtaim is committed to offering customers an unrivalled choice of the world’s best brands with exceptional standards of customer service and after sales support.

Structured into four operational divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate and retail, Al-Futtaim maintains a decentralised approach, giving individual businesses flexibility and versatility to maintain a competitive stance. This benefits employees, providing a clearly defined work culture where individuals are empowered with authority and responsibility for their work.

The success of Al-Futtaim is attributed to proactively managing change whilst upholding the values of integrity, service and social responsibility. The majority of businesses, built on a portfolio of world leading brands, dominate their sector.


The foundation of Al-Futtaim’s retail network was established in the early 1990s with the launch of the internationally renowned and popular IKEA, Marks & Spencer, Toys R Us and ACE franchises in the UAE.

Representing some of the world’s most popular international brands, Al-Futtaim’s retail network extends throughout the UAE, GCC and North Africa and has a significant presence in Singapore and Malaysia following the acquisition of The Robinson Group in 2008.

In 2012, Al-Futtaim acquired a shareholding in Royal Sporting House, which is active in distribution, direct retail stores and shop-in-shops. The Singapore-based fashion, sports and lifestyle retail giant has 600 stores and many additional points of sale are spread around the world with over 399 in South East Asia, over 74 in the Middle East and over 126 in the South Pacific region.

  • 837 stores in 18 countries
  • Occupies 5.6 million sq. ft. of retail space
  • 13,000 employees
  • Serves 30 million customers each year

Plug Ins

PLUG INS is a leading multi-brand consumer electronics and IT retailer in the UAE and acknowledged favorite with discerning customers. An Al-Futtaim group company, PLUG INS represents over 400 leading brands through an established network of eight stores located in popular shopping destinations: Dubai Festival City, The Dubai Mall, Al-Ghurair City, Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre, Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi, the connect store in Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi and the newly opened store in Bawadi Mall, Al Ain which feature the latest mobile phones, Smart phones, MP3 and MP4 players, Notebooks, Netbooks, Tablets and a comprehensive collection of accessories. PLUG INS enjoys high-brand recognition across the Middle East and is known for its leadership position and trend-setting initiatives. PLUG INS has made buying electronics an enjoyable experience with customer friendly store layouts, excellent service and knowledgeable staff; all key ingredients of its customer service philosophy. Reputed for its extensive range of products, the electronics retail chain is underpinned by a team of product-savvy consultants who guide and assist customers in their purchasing decisions.

About the Position:

As part of the Buying Team, you will be responsible for managing the budgeting, sales, GM value, and GM %age for the agreed Merchandise Group as well as building credible ranges and ensuring we are at the forefront of product development within the Middle East.

You will be responsible for sourcing products both domestically and internationally via attendance at trade shows, conventions and vendor / factory visits, securing the best possible combination of cost price and terms for purchasing of product. You will also be responsible for setting all retail prices within assigned Merchandise Group to ensure compliance with the company marketing / pricing strategy and margin expectations.

You will be liaising with marketing and operations for planning of promotional activity.

About You:

To be considered for this exciting role, you should have previous category buying experience, preferably within the same field. Previous exposure to SAP or similar would be an advantage along with advanced Excel skills.

You should have excellent planning & organizing skills, be analytical and have good negotiation skills and have attention to detail.

Note: you will be required to attach the following: 1. Resume/CV
Al-Futtaim offers highly engaging and supportive work environments in a culture that values, recognises and rewards quality performance.