Head of Purchasing Job in Malta

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Head of Purchasing Job in Malta

The Head of Purchasing will manage the buying team which plays a vital part in sourcing, negotiating, and delivering the best goods at optimum prices to our clients within our retail network.

Job Description

The Head of Purchasing will manage the buying team which plays a vital part in sourcing, negotiating, and delivering the best goods at optimum prices to our clients within our retail network.



  • The primary focus of the head of purchasing position is to effectively manage and develop our diverse purchasing team
  • Allocate project work to Buying Managers based on workload and skill set
  • Manage all aspects of the team including appraisals, setting KPI’s according to the top management’s directions, recruitment and trainings.
  • Category management and assortment building and optimization.
  • Understand consumer trends to plan a strategy in line with market requirements.
  • Sourcing the best products, locally and internationally.
  • Include sustainability both in category management and in the sourcing process.
  • Review current and develop new robust processes and procedures.
  • Present Team Structure and Budgets for the next Financial Year (turnover, mark-up, stocks, rebates) and make sure to keep on track.
  • Develop and maintain constructive relationships with new and existing suppliers.
  • Issue tenders (RFI/RFQ) and carry out the evaluation process.
  • Negotiate prices as well as contract terms and conditions with suppliers.
  • Develop rebate plans.
  • Develop and support all the promotional activity settled by/with marketing department.
  • Sign and improve contractual conditions with suppliers.
  • Review stock levels and order products. Follow-up on Logistics.
  • Plan for payment and delivery.
  • Make sure that the sourced items have the requested quality and certifications as per group policy.
  • Prepare reports and present them to senior management.


  • Work in office on a full-time basis, occasionally spending time in warehouses, stores, competition visits and fairs.


  • Experience in a similar role – Head of Purchasing / Purchasing Lead -preferably in retail.
  • Experience working in a product and consumer-focused business, (preferably DIY or home improvement retailers – but not mandatory)
  • Requires a university degree (qualification at MQF Level 4 or higher) in relevant areas including procurement, business administration, sales and marketing, management, or commerce.


  • An understanding of the retail industry the organisation is operating in
  • Knowledge of the products and/or services available on the market
  • Knowledge of competitors’ activities and pricing strategies
  • Commercial and business awareness
  • Financial and Analytical skills
  • The ability to adapt to different client needs
  • Written and verbal communication skills in English and preferably also Maltese
  • IT and Numerical skills
  • Leadership, Organisational skills and problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Time management skills and the ability to cope with the pressure of demanding targets and tight deadlines
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • The ability to persuade, influence, negotiate and network successfully
  • The ability to build long-lasting business relationships.
  • A results-driven approach and attention to detail
  • An entrepreneurial mindset, business acumen
  • Confidence, constructive attitude, flexibility, perseverance

Successful Candidate

The selected candidate will be a self-confident and very well organized professional who portrays an image of efficiency.


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