Category Buyer - Furniture, Storage & Pets


Support Office, AU

Category:  Merchandise
Work Type:  Fixed Term Full Time

Who are We?


At Target, we’re getting back to what we’re famous for - real quality, that’s really affordable.
We’re making products that stand up to the test of everyday life, at prices that don’t cost the earth. 
We’re making mums happy. Kids smile. Family life, that little bit easier.

We’re making sure every Australian can enjoy our products, whilst making a positive difference to our planet so families can trust and rely on us for generations to come.
That’s the Target Australians needs right now. And that’s the Target we’re here to be.
As an iconic Australian retailer with over 115 stores nationally and a rapidly growing online presence, we’re immensely proud of our history and need people to join us who are as excited by our future as we are

What will you do?


We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Category Buyer - Furniture, Storage and Pets.

Reporting to the Business Manager the Category Buyer is responsible for building and trading the category to deliver the strategy, vision and financial KPI’s.  Through developing strong relationships with suppliers and stakeholders they will influence the direction of the category.  They work collaboratively with key stakeholders to build assortment plans to drive sales and profitability, in line with Target’s values.


Other responsibilities will include:


Range Building – execute the end-to-end critical path, translate customer insights, and market trend into architecture and option plan, work collaboratively with the Planner to ensure option framework  and achieves financial KPI’s, and briefs design team on option framework.

Trade - identify opportunities and implement actions derived through trade analysis, and leverage customer insights and data to optimise sales.

Supplier relationship management – actively identify and onboard new supplier partners that will deliver on our quality, design and operational capability criteria.  Ongoing positive management of these relationships is vital to our success  


 Customer Insights and market knowledge: 
•    Knowledge of the Target customer and position in market
•    Source, analyse and understand customer insights and market data
•    Develop business cases and contracts to support new partnership and contract negotiations.
•    Product ROS accountability/improvement which supports the category financial plan

Go to Market
•    Collaborate with the GTM on trade and category priorities 
•    Identify trading terms and income recovery solutions

Trade & Strategy
•    Work collaboratively with the Planner to develop effective merchandise plans.
•    Applies commercial acumen to understand business performance and identify required actions in collaboration with the planner
•    Leverage customer insights and data to optimise sales. 
•    Actively reviews weekly sales analysis, quarterly hindsight’s to deliver financial KPI’s
•    Drive sales for the category through strong vendor/supplier discussions, strategies and agreements, and day-to-day operations

Target Values - create a high performing and engaged culture through leading, coaching and developing, and demonstrate Target’s vision, strategy, and values within the team and across the organization

What are we looking for?


The ideal candidate will have a tertiary qualification in Commerce, Business or Retail with at least 4 years’ experience in Buying / Design / Product Development in a specialty retail environment.  Demonstrated ability to lead a supplier and sourcing strategy is essential as is experience in implementing merchandise strategy and trading business within season along with solid understanding of the total retail landscape and excellent stakeholder engagement skills.

Experience digital/online buying experience as Target accelerates our digital strategy would be highly advantageous.

•    Demonstrated ability to lead a supplier and sourcing strategy. 
•    Experience in implementing merchandise strategy and trading business within season.
•    Solid understanding of the total retail landscape
•    Capability across Merchandise Systems 
•    Detailed understanding of relevant compliance legislation and guidelines.

What will you get?


•Great career opportunities across the Wesfarmers Group
•Team Member discounts across Target, Kmart, Bunnings and Officeworks.
•Access to Employee Assistance Program
•Convenient location next to freeway and train station, with free onsite parking and a café!
•Novated leasing options
•Paid parental leave scheme
•Flexible work arrangements

 Target values diversity and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse and multicultural communities of which we are a part.

 As part of our recruitment process, we will be conducting Pre-Employment Checks with our successful candidates – this will include a police check.  Talent Acquisition will provide further updates to candidates as they progress through our recruitment process.

 Candidates interested in this position should apply directly to this advertisement as we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies.

“We are a 2022 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant”


We don’t just look for people based on their skills and experience, our people work together and champion the Target values and behaviours.  We are a business where our values and people matter, and we need like-minded people to join us!

Target values diversity and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse and multicultural communities of which we are a part.

Agencies will only be engaged if required. Please do not contact us or send applicants to us unless requested to by the Talent Acquisition Team.