Merchandiser

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Location
Havant, Hampshire
Salary
Competitive + Bonus
Posted
13 Jun 2017
Closes
18 Jul 2017
Function
Merchandiser
Job Type
Permanent

Main Duties/ responsibilities:

  • Work with team to produce department product strategy in line with overall company strategy, proposing the financial parameters and successfully implement.
  • Create weekly phased plans by category for sales, margin, stock and markdown, taking traded history and planned future events into consideration, to produce plan WSSI.
  • Crate a range plan at grade level which satisfies strategic and space requirements.
  • Work closely with the team to develop and select a balanced and commercial range which delivers the product strategy, and successfully sign off with Heads of & CEO.
  • Plan seasonal pricing and promotional activity together with Buyer and in line with overall strategy, supported by financial evaluation.
  • Together with the Buyer, input into & implement a supply chain strategy which sets out short, medium and long term plans for supplier partnerships, development & improvement.
  • Thorough weekly re-forecasting of the WSSI and trading proposals, ensure that in season activity maximises profitability whilst maintaining efficient controls of stock.
  • Review, propose and cost markdown events and promotional activity, calculating the effect on margin and profit.
  • Manage the availability of stock to ensure launch dates are met and sale and stocks are potentialised in line with WSSI forecasts. Including Mail Order and franchise.
  • Direct the allocation, replenishment and branch merchandising function in order to potentialise stocks and store performance.
  • Input into cross functional activity as required e.g. retail operations, visual merchandising, finance, Warehouse.
  • Effectively manage and motivate merchandising team through development and appraisals, ensuring that they understand their contribution towards company goals.

Role Competencies:

  • Thorough understanding of all merchandising principles and systems
  • Understanding of critical path and product life cycle
  • Comprehensive understanding of customer profile, and product range and competitors
  • Use of CIMS, Excel & QA systems.
  • Brand and commercial awareness.

Experience level/Qualification level:

  • Business related Degree
  • Proven track record in Merchandising at either Junior Merchandiser/ Merchandiser level.
  • Previous experience in garments an advantage.

General Skills:

  • Team Management & task delegation skills
  • Highly numerate and able to interpret data to determine decision making, work to budgets and financial plans.
  • Strong communication and influencing skills at all levels. Ability to present complex technical information to others in an understandable way.
  • Strong presentation skills to all levels.
  • Strong planning and organisation skills – able to change plans in line with business needs.

Key Contacts and Relationships:

  • External: (suppliers, service providers, customers) Suppliers.
  • Internal: (Crew/Management within own department or other department). B&M Team members and line management. Marketing. Retail ops. Directors. Visual Merchandising. DC, Homeshopping.

Accountable for Resources:

  • Brand Integrity – product in line with Brand identity
  • Company integrity - relationship with externals
  • Financial - ensure profitability of category within Stores and Direct channels, through product strategy, working to budget.
  • Thorough understanding of all merchandising principles and systems
  • Understanding of critical path and product life cycle
  • Comprehensive understanding of customer profile, and product range and competitors
  • Use of CIMS, Excel & QA systems.
  • Brand and commercial awareness.
  • Team Management & task delegation skills
  • Highly numerate and able to interpret data to determine decision making, work to budgets and financial plans.
  • Strong communication and influencing skills at all levels. Ability to present complex technical information to others in an understandable way.
  • Strong presentation skills to all levels.
  • Strong planning and organisation skills – able to change plans in line with business needs.