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SPAR Group

Group Category Manager – Foods

Permanent position

SPAR Group

A position has become available for a Group Category Manager to join our dynamic team, based in Durban (Pinetown).

Duties & Responsibilities

The purpose of this role is to drive food category growth through developing and implementing category strategies to maximise retail sales, market share and profit for The SPAR Group.

Develop & manage national category strategies

Negotiate national supplier trading terms & develop supplier relationships (national & international suppliers)

Ensure supplier growth rebates are maximized & collect/manage all ‘concept’ funding

Lead international procurement initiatives (trade fairs) & source compliant imported product to satisfy South African needs that will ensure a competitive advantage

International buying – sourcing/ordering/finance/shipping/logistics/selling

New category development – identifying shopper trends/market needs & researching, designing & developing concepts through to launch, presenting a deliverable and the maintenance thereof

Lead Retailer and DC concept & strategy meetings e.g., ‘good foods guide’/imports campaign

Desired Experience & Qualification


BComm Degree / National Diploma (or IMM) in Marketing and Sales

A minimum of 5 years’ buying and category management experience

Thorough knowledge of buying systems and processes is essential

Sound knowledge of FMCG Marketing and understanding of shipping/imports procedures

Computer literacy (MS Office essential; SPAR Buying & CATMAN Systems knowledge is advantageous)

The ideal applicant will satisfy the following skills requirements:

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

A strategic thinker who has strong drive for innovative ways of resolving business challenges

Planning and organizational skills

Excellent time management skills and the ability to work well under pressure

A high degree of accuracy and attention to detail

Strong numeric skills and sound financial acumen

Ability to build strategic working relationships and be customer focused

Strong negotiation skills

Ability to travel frequently


Marketing Trainee

SPAR Group

Marketing Trainee

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SPAR Western Cape, a division of The SPAR Group Ltd., is recruiting for a Marketing Trainee. Fixed Term Contract (2 Years)

Duties & Responsibilities

The purpose of this position is to purchase stock (warehouse and drop shipment – normal and promotional) within budget parameters to be in stock of the right product, at the right quantity and bought at the right place. To provide administrative support to the Category Buyer and to serve as an understudy to the Category Buyer.

Procurement of stock and managing stock levels

Maintaining Inbound and Outbound DC service levels

Inputting pricing onto AS400 computer system

Providing general administration support to the category buyer

Attending to any special projects that might be assigned

Desired Experience & Qualification

A Matric Certificate

Must be in the process of or have completed an equivalent of a 3-year Marketing Degree or Diploma

Should have previous retail FMCG experience

Must have a high energy drive with lots of passion for cause

Must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office

Should want to pursue a career in FMCG buying

SPAR Western Cape is an equal opportunity employer.All positions are placed in accordance with the Company’s Employment Equity Plan.