* 25 Years in the Apparel Industry as a Merchandiser to GM * Understanding of Textile - Garment manufacturing processes and Home textiles - through product knowledge. * Strategic Sourcing of vendors - through planning, coordination and follow up leading to Strategic partnership. * Team management - excellent trainer and mentor for Merchandising and Quality Control and Compliance teams based on the Buyer Requirements. * Office Management - accounts monitoring and administration * Costing, Cost analysis. Value engineering. * Very good negotiation skills. Able to work on extremely sharp pricing for discounters. Participate in costing exercises depending on the categories. * Ability to work under tight deadlines and pressures. Self-motivated. * Excellent communication skills and problem solving abilities. * Knowledge of Computerized Systems and proficient in MS office.