Senior Merchandiser

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Manchester, Greater Manchester | Ref: BBBH16648

£40000 - £60000 per annum

Role Title
Senior Merchandiser
£45-60k depending on level of experience

Role Profile
My client, a market leading trend-led retailer, is looking to appoint a Senior Merchandiser to join their friendly and collaborative team based in Manchester. Reporting into the Head of Merchandising, 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 established Merchandiser or Senior Merchandiser with strong Excel skills and a solid understanding of merchandising best practises gained from working within a retail head office. You will be joining a down to earth and welcoming team with plenty of opportunity to make an impact by taking ownership alongside the buying team, of a large category area within this established retailer.

Key Responsibilities

  • Planning and delivering the department strategy alongside the buying team
  • Undertaking end of season analysis by category
  • New season plans down to category and channel level
  • Allocation of budgets across categories and price points
  • Producing seasonal buy plan for the buying team ahead of buying trips, at category and price point level
  • Planning seasonal promotions to drive sales and profitability
  • Working with visual teams to plan space and store grading
  • Producing accurate Monday trading packs, using analysis to suggest actions to maximise trade
  • Suggesting repeats
  • Managing OTB with the buying team
  • Suggesting mid-season and end season mark down and analysing cost of mark down
  • Advising season promotions for poor performing categories
  • Ensuring growth is planned in the right areas and off trend areas are also planned accordingly
  • Working with the buying team to rank best sellers and deciding order quantity accordingly
  • Managing stock coming into the business
  • Working with finance on a monthly basis for sales analysis and planning
  • Planning allocation schedule
  • Managing allocations, working with the warehouse and stores to manage expectations
  • Assessing store grading to ensure correct stock packages are sent
  • Working with the visual merch team to ensure ranges are displayed effectively
  • Working with more junior members of the team to provide support and training in order to aid their progression
  • Training team members to deputise in your absence
  • Ensuring junior members of the team have an ambitious but achievable development plan

Skills, Experience & Personal Attributes

  • Retail merchandising experience at Merchandiser level or above 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

£45-60k depending on level of experience

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