AF22251 - Senior Buyer | ACE | Regional Office, Dubai

Department: ACE
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 30-Mar-2016
Al-Futtaim

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.

Retail

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

ACE

Since 1924, ACE has been the world’s local home improvement store committed to delivering quality, friendly and helpful service. Established in Dubai in 1991 by Al-Futtaim group, ACE now trades in six locations in the UAE including its flagship stores in Dubai Festival City and Yas Island, Abu Dhabi – and other stores in Sheikh Zayed Road (Dubai), Mina Road (Abu Dhabi), Bawadi Mall (Al Ain) and DALMA.

All ACE stores offer a wide selection of Outdoor lifestyle, Gardening, Homeware, Paint & Décor, DIY, Automotive and Pet care products. With more than 25,000 great products, ACE offers world-class brands such as Karcher, Black & Decker, Makita, Clark & Kensington, Weber, Gardena and Leisuregrow. ACE also has a popular value range, which has a host of quality products at everyday low prices.

About the Position:

The Senior Buyer will form an integral part of the buying function in the achievement of purchasing objectives. Your role will be based in the ACE Head Office, located in Dubai Festival City and you will be part of a team which consists of 5 Buying Assistants, 6 Senior Buyers and reports into the Head of Buying.

As part of the Buying Team, you will be responsible for sourcing innovative products domestically and internationally via attendance at trade shows, conventions and vendor/factory visits with the best possible price and in line with the range plan, the company's strategic objectives and current marketing activity.

With a strong, solid background in purchasing and supply chain management, the candidate will take a proactive approach in reviewing merchandise ranges, making recommendations and implementing changes. The role will have a clear project focus, supporting the buying function at a strategic level to help achieve goals required to excel existing and new range development.

About You:

The successful candidate will have 6 – 8 years experience in a Buying role within a large retail brand and possess excellent skills in planning, negotiation, supply chain management, merchandise management, and good working knowledge of SAP. You will have a high level of market awareness, analytical ability, decision making, strategic thinking, teamwork & leadership.

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.