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Assistant Merchandiser - Clothing

Job Description - Assistant Merchandiser (Retail) 

Main Purpose of Job: 

As an Assistant Merchandiser you will play a vital role within our Merchandising team. You will provide essential support to your department, and provide management support to the Merchandise Admin Assistant if applicable. 

Reports to: 

Department Merchandiser

Key Accountabilities: 


  • Review & analysis previous season sales analysis by size at fit level and propose the future strategy for sizing for the relevant fit & product category. 
  • Produce par planners for each individual line dependant on the end use of the line. 
  • Assist the merchandiser with range building by providing analysis and proposals on; planned ROS, brand, fit, colour, design and pricing. 
  • Produce size scales for seasonal stock buys inline with critical path and ensure uploaded correctly on the buying minute 


  • Assist in training and supporting the departmental MDA where applicable. 

Trade and Planning: 

  • Review core size availability on a weekly basis to maintain 95% availability. Propose actions required to the merchandiser in weekly trade and re scale where possible, ensure any agreements are actioned. 
  • Review & re-forecast core line cards on a weekly basis based on current performance. Propose any actions required in weekly trade to merchandiser on re-groups, par adjustments, phasing current commitment or any additional buys required. 
  • Review best sellers report on a weekly basis at line level. Propose any actions required to merchandiser in weekly trade on best/worst sellers; Regroups, distribution, intake & markdown proposals. 
  • Intake, working closely with Merchandiser to review weekly delivery schedule and critical path manage intake into the business. Raising any concerns to buyer/merchandiser which will impact; product launches, promotional activity or over stock. 
  • Liaise with suppliers & warehouse to ensure priority stock is on time and put away as soon as possible. 
  • Work closely with retail team to address any store stock issues and action accordingly 
  • WSSI maintenance; ensure OTB is updated on a weekly basis, intake is in the correct week & have an understand of closing stock targets of store group and YOY stock variance. 
  • Identify any overstock issues to merchandiser with proposal on how to reduce surplus stock and increase sell through. 

Additional Responsibility: 

  • Maintain range plans to ensure all information is correct and intake is in the correct week. 
  • Ad Hoc reporting to support buying & merchandising. 
  • Strong understanding of competitors and their promotional activity. 
  • Complete the EBIS invoice checking on the accounts system where applicable. General office / departmental duties. 
  • Support MAA duties in their absence 


  • Stock availability 
  • WSSI maintenance 
  • If applicable to your department, support the departmental MAA with daily tasks and training. 

Personal Specification 

Qualifications & experience: 

  • GCSE level C in Maths & English 
  • Ideally to have a relevant degree 
  • At least 18 months experience working as a Merchandise Admin Assistant- ideally in a related category. 

Knowledge / skills: 

  • Relevant skills working within a B&M office - buying cycle, critical paths and stock management
  • Creative flair 
  • Keen follower of trends 
  • Strong housekeeping and organisational skills 
  • Effective communicator 
  • Ability to work on own initiative 
  • Team player 
  • Good visual presentation skills 
  • Time management skills 
  • Ability to work under pressure 
  • Self-motivated 

PC Skills: 

  • General IT literacy 
  • Strong Microsoft Excel Skills 
  • Microsoft Outlook 
  • Microsoft Word 
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 

Unique Circumstances: 

  • UK travel may be required

Due to the volume of applications, unfortunately only successful applicants will be contacted based on an equal opportunities CV screening process.

up to £23,000 depending on experience

Assistant Merchandiser - Clothing

Leeds, UK

Published on 11 Sep 2019