Assistant Merchandiser

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Manchester, Greater Manchester | Ref: BBBH16648a

£20000 - £25000 per annum

Role Title

Assistant Merchandiser

Manchester

£20-25k depending on level of experience

Role Profile

My client, a market leading trend-led retailer, is looking to appoint an Assistant Merchandiser to join their friendly and collaborative team based in Manchester. Reporting into the Senior Merchandiser, you will plan and trade a specific department whilst working alongside the buying team to increase sales, profitability and to reduce stock holding. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing business where you will gain exposure to different channels and all levels of seniority internally as well as externally, gaining a broader business knowledge. This position will suit an experienced allocator or merchandise assistant with strong Excel skills and an understanding of merchandising best practises gained from working within a retail head office, looking to take a step up in their career. You will be joining a down to earth and welcoming team under the guidance of an extremely knowledgeable and passionate Head of Merchandising.

Key Responsibilities

  • Putting together Monday trading packs
  • Undertaking end of season analysis by category
  • Setting up/ maintaining range monitors
  • Answering store queries relating to stock availability
  • Planning seasonal promotions to drive sales and profitability
  • Working with visual teams to plan space and store grading
  • Accurate category analysis for strategy and sign off meetings
  • Reforecast sales on a monthly basis to ensure OTB is being managed
  • Produce initial seasonal phasing plans to review with line manager
  • End of season analysis
  • Awareness of planned promotions with stock increased planned to maximise sales
  • Overall knowledge of trade across the business
  • Suggest repeats to maintain 100% availability
  • Ensuring replenishment levels on bestsellers are high
  • Ensuring stock availability for mark down is at 100% for launch
  • Updating core line cards on a weekly basis
  • Ensuring Trading Calendar is adhered to
  • Deputising for line manager in meetings
  • Working with the ecom team to ensure trade is maximised online
  • Ensuring delivery schedules are up to date with accurate information
  • Managing stock coming into the business, liaising with the buying team, freight forwarder, and warehouse
  • Ensuring intake is being delivered to plan
  • Assessing store grading, ensuring correct stock packages are sent
  • Working with visual merch team to ensure ranges are displayed effectively
  • Training Allocator to deputise in your absence

Skills, Experience & Personal Attributes

  • Retail merchandising experience at Allocator or Merchandise Assistant level is essential
  • A solid understanding of merchandising best practises
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Experience of Monday trade
  • Ability to hit the ground running
  • Ability to manage large sku count
  • Confident and well-presented
  • Ability to communicate confidently at all levels up to Director
  • Commercial awareness
  • Interested in following fashion trends

Client information

Our client is a market leading trend-led retailer based in Manchester

Remuneration
£20-25k depending on level of experience

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