Purchasing Director – Furniture (Retail / Manufacturing / Management) – Nairobi, Kenya

Eastern Africa
Posted 1 year ago

Reference No. CDTTPD

Job Description:

The purchasing director's mission is to define and implement the purchasing policy predefined by the general management while guaranteeing the optimization of costs, quality and deadlines. He/she supervises the negotiation of purchasing contracts and coordinates the supply chain and routing flows.



  • Define procurement policy, ensure that procurement procedures and contract execution are monitored
  • Develop a national and international procurement strategy
  • Optimize purchasing and procurement processes
  • Establish specifications listing all product needs
  • Study and assess risks in the supply chain as a whole and identify opportunities to reduce or eliminate these risks
  • Organize calls for tenders in order to select the service providers and suppliers likely to meet the specifications or orders defined
  • Set up a procurement plan with selected suppliers
  • Check production orders, expense reports and demand forecasts
  • Manage and optimize product flows and stocks
  • Ensure regular checks on product profitability, turnover rates and margin
  • Set up key indicators and purchasing dashboards to measure the performance of the actions carried out: stock turnover rate, delivery times, etc.  
  • Develop and monitor purchasing budgets dedicated to each category manager (turnover, margin, stocks, number of days of stock…)
  • Represent your company at trade shows, conferences, forums
  • Be up to date with market trends and news + Competitive intelligence
  • Study the public sale price takin into account the margin rates set by the general management
  • Intervene and ensure that suppliers negotiate with suppliers the best payment terms and conditions, delivery details and arbitrate any disputes that adhere to applicable laws
  • Comply with and keep up to date with applicable laws, regulations, standards and best practices
  • Propose the articles to put on the flyers, catalog leaflets … and ensure the success of the campaigns in collaboration with marketing
  • Ensure communication and liaison with all the departments involved in order to succeed and promote the integration of purchasing projects within the company
  • Define the training and promotion program for buyers in connection with the direction of human resources
  • Participate in there-routing of the purchasing team
  • Ensure the development of the team's skills as part of career development
  • Regulate and manage the interpersonal relationships of the team to establish a good quality of life in the department


Performance criteria:

  • Stock management
  • Reliability of data (orders placed, promotions
  • New products and development of the range
  • Optimization of profitability: selling prices, promotional prices, liquidations
  • Respect of budgets
  • Product quality
  • Delivery times of products
  • Pertinence of analyses
  • Team management


Requirements: Skills

  • 5+ years experience in purchasing within the furniture industry
  • Cost optimization and budget compliance
  • Be a good negotiator to have the best rates and the best products
  • Solid knowledge in terms of purchasing techniques  
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to anticipate changes and business needs
  • Good managerial skills to best manage your teams
  • Analytical skills
  • Good stock management
  • Sense of ethics


If you wish to apply for the position please send your CV to Chalden Du Toit at cdutoit@caglobalint.com


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Chalden Du Toit

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CA Global


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