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Assistant Merchandiser (TGN4890) – Excellent Salary DOE

Assistant Merchandiser (TGN4890) – Excellent Salary DOE

Location: Cumbria

Type: Permanent

Industry: Homeware

Job Ref: TGN4890

The Company:

A fantastic opportunity for an Assistant Merchandiser (Hybrid working) to join a prestigious kitchenware retailer with 63 stores nationally. A tight-knit family operation, who have invested millions to ensure that their online offering is top notch, and that their retail stores can offer an experience worthy of a visit. That innovative spirit coupled with intense customer focus has been the story of their success.

The Role

  • Responsible for the decision making & management of up to £25m stock budget across circa 1,000 SKUs sourced from up to 200 suppliers worldwide.
  • Manage annual stock intake budget of up to £25m making weekly purchasing decisions to achieve planned stock targets; pull forward, push back or cancel commitment & orders where appropriate to maximise sales & availability and minimise clearance markdown spend
  • Responsible for multi-channel stock management across 68 retail stores, website, marketplaces & international franchise partners
  • Exciting and varied job and a real opportunity to start a career in Merchandising.
  • Support the Junior Merchandiser and Category Merchandiser, analysing trading data, trends and departmental performance and play a key role in making sure the right stock is in the right place at the right times.
  • Responsible for multi-channel stock management, manage a large portfolio of products sourced from circa 200 suppliers worldwide, across all channels – retail stores, Amazon, Next and international franchise partners.
  • Work with colleagues and play your part in delivering sales, margin and stock targets.
  • Review and evaluate supply base capabilities in terms of delivery, quality and price.
  • Assist in preparing Range Review & Range Sign Off meeting packs
  • Present LY sales and margin “Highlights and Lowlights” at Commercial Sign Off under the guidance of your Merchandiser
  • Estimate new line sales and buy quantities, for a selected number of product categories, under the guidance of Merchandiser using historical sales data, market and customer information and forward trends to guide decision making.

Skills Required

  • Use of a WSSI planning system at category or department level – desirable but not essential
  • Comfortable with IT and have good excel skills, with good numerical and analytical skills and a great attention to detail that will help you mange stock and identify trends.
  • Educated to A-level standard (or equivalent qualification or professional experience) this role would be perfect for someone who has studied maths, business or economics and looking for an opportunity to begin their career in business.
  • Able to think on your feet and manage your own workload and meet deadlines, enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where there is always lots going on.
  • Happy working independently whilst also enjoying being part of a team, sharing information, knowledge & experience freely and building and maintaining positive relationships.
  • Your communication is key – be clear and make sure your message is understood. Know when to escalate issues, always focused on achieving the best outcomes for customers.

Benefits

  • Other than being part of a huge and happy working family, colleagues are rewarded with a competitive salary, discretionary bonus scheme and a group personal pension plan.
  • There are 29 days’ paid holiday (including bank holidays) and generous discounts on products.
  • Hybrid working – days per week in the office
  • Great retail environment to work in, and the chance to be part of a team who like to work and socialise together.
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