takealot.com is hiring an

Inventory Manager

Cape Town, South Africa

takealot.com, a leading South African online retailer, is looking for a highly talented Inventory Manager to join our team in the Cape Town Distribution Centre.

We are a young, dynamic, hyper growth company looking for smart, creative, hardworking people with integrity to join us.  We offer a market related, Total Remuneration Package which allows full flexibility according to your needs, a great work environment and a promise that you won’t be bored as long as you are prepared for a challenge and want to build something great.

This position reports to the DC Operations Manager.  

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Manage and ensure that Inventory is well organised and controlled to sufficiently support production and the goals of the business
  • Implement improvement processes and maintain policies and procedures and systems to minimise costs and maximize working capital
  • Ensuring all work areas are clean and tidy and safe for staff to work in (housekeeping)
  • Manage and implement the Company Policies & Procedures within the Inventory department and ensure that they is strictly adhered to
  • Manage stock takes, cycle counts, replenishments
  • Ensure stock accuracy and pick able locations
  • Control Pick fails & stock investigations
  • Supervise stock movements
  • Daily deal stock management
  • Drive process improvement through data driven decisions
  • Manage and implement inventory management strategies
  • Optimize the customer experience by ensuring the right product quantities, in the right places, at the right time
  • Perform audits of inventory management-related tools and systems ensuring settings are correct and optimized. Automate whenever possible
  • Take ownership of all aspects of inventory reporting for the company: develop the inventory planning model, plan product transitions and inventory exposure
  • Produce daily reports to ensure key critical areas of the inventory processes are controlled
  • Effective leadership and direction for the operations team through involvement and communication to deliver on the relevant key business drivers
  • Measure and manage staff through formal staff appraisals, development, coaching and disciplinary procedures
  • Conform to all Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) standards and legislation as set out by the business and the OHS Act
  • Drive continuous improvement measures within your department
  • Align all inventory report with financial reports
  • Monitor LPN reports for all DC operations (Inbound, put-away, outbound, returns, recovery and RFC)
  • Oversee the put away function – stock filing
  • Be responsible for all projects stock moves
  • Ensure that all inventory is effectively managed by identifying slow moving stock, dead stock, expired dates and other critical factors
  • Continuously monitor the stock density by location and devise appropriate action plans to reduce impact on production
  • Develop appropriate inventory solutions for the variety of product types stored
  • Align with finance on month end processes
  • Clear all daily pick and pack not founds
  • Conduct daily put away audit to evaluate the accuracy of the process
  • Strategically align with risk management and highlight high risk areas and potential theft hot spots



  • Relevant Inventory qualification (Degree or Diploma)
  • 5-10 years previous experience in inventory management
  • Preferably in the Logistics, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Distribution environment.
  • A minimum of 5+ years in a management role


  • Excellent and proven data extraction and analytical ability and applying this data to drive inventory management decisions
  • Organized and detailed oriented with proven experience of managing inventory
  • A Self- starter who is tenacious at identifying and resolving challenges
  • Passionate about customer service within the supply chain environment
  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, MS Access and PowerPoint)
  • Experience creating and setting annual operating plans and presenting to Senior Management
  • Have a detailed understanding of inventory control / warehouse management systems (including reverse logistics)
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills for a demanding and customer focused working environment.
  • Possess excellent personal organisation and business administration skills in accordance with modern best practice methods.
  • Possess the ability to work productively, efficiently & effectively with initiative and drive under tight timescales and pressure whilst maintaining attention to detail and quality.
  • Possess the willingness to learn, improve and adapt.
  • Good team player, hard worker, willing to be flexible with a positive attitude
  • Must be able to work as part of a multi-cultural team
  • Must be willing to work overtime as and when required. This overtime will be unpaid due to the level of the position


The Environment:

  • com employees are entrepreneurial and dynamic, smart, customer-centric, fun and have the shared ambition of takealot.com being the leading e-commerce company in Africa.
  • We have fun, work hard, take ownership, work in teams to create solutions, and are always open to direct feedback/new ideas on where we can improve.
  • We are short on ego and high on output.
  • We are doers and not only thinkers, it’s all in the execution after all.
  • We love what we do and what we are creating.

We seek to Employ an Extra Ordinary Mind who

  • is forthright but respectful
  • is an expert at doing, who can not only design but also execute
  • is analytical, able to use data to make decisions
  • is competitive, self-directed and strive to be the BEST (GREAT requires a lot of work and does not only happen during business hours
  • is passionate about the potential of e-commerce and delivering a world-class customer experience
  • is entrepreneurial, thrives under change and accepts it is a constant and always looks for solutions to do something better and faster
  • is able to think about problems from a business perspective using technical and product input
  • is curious and challenge the status quo
  • is innovative and enjoys iteration
  • is collaborative
  • will be at the cutting edge of developing new concepts for takealot.com.
  • thinks like an owner of the business.

If you meet the above you are an Extraordinary Mind so come and join us!

Takealot is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from the previously disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities will be given preference.

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