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Merchandise Planning Manager - Central London

Job Title: Merchandise Planning Manager - Central London
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London, London
Industry:
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q99986A
Contact Name: Quest Search and Selection
Contact Email: samantha.silva@questsearch.co.uk
Job Published: February 25, 2016 18:41

Job Description

This position is with one of the UK's most iconic retailers in the UK. It's a department store that provides both branded and own-branded merchandise & products for their customers & is looking after their core UK market.

The role is looking after a team that will look after Gifts, Toys, Plush, Entertainment & Stationary categories.

In this position you will be working alongside the Category Manager's you'll use your knowledge of stock management, forecasting & range planning to allow the right product and availability to get to the stores focusing on all product areas and dealing with a high number of SKU's.

The ultimate role is to deliver & effectively manage the planning & allocation of stock to deliver the sales plan through inspirational leadership of your people.

Your responsibilities include -

  • Managing the OTB for the business
  • Managing a team of 4-5 people within merchandising, international & space planning.
  • To contribute to the strategic planning of the Buying and Merchandising function and deliver the planned strategy for the international stores.
  • Being able to forecast sales, stock and margin
  • Identifying opportunities and risks for the categories
  • To own and maintain the overall buying critical path.
  • Collate, coordinate and manage the WSSI to define stock and intake targets
  • Liaising with the Financial planning team to maintain cash flow targets in the UK and Internationally.
  • Working closely with the category & Quality assurance team.
  • Oversee the on-going replenishment of all stores while meeting availability targets and operating within set budgets .
  • Approve all markdown activity to achieve the margin and markdown budget.

To be successful you must -

  • To be successful at this position you'll already be an Senior or Merchandise Manager from a retailer but are open to category whether this is from a department store, supermarket, fashion or mixed good retailer.
  • International merchandising experience is desirable and understanding the complexity and costs for international shipment & allocation of stock.
  • As well as experience they are looking for a strong team leader where you are strategically driving the team.
  • Confident in own actions and decision making.
  • High levels of enthusiasm and energy & can maintain a positive frame of mind in others.
  • You'll also have excellent excel skills and will be a fantastic problem solver who can work with data to quickly identify solutions.
  • Microsoft Office & Advanced Excel skill set and experience in using merchandising management systems,
  • Island Pacific experience would be an advantage,

In reward you will have the opportunity to work in a UK leading retailer and also have further benefits that include bonus, competitive pension & staff discount. If you feel that this opportunity sounds like you please send your cv quoting the reference Q99986A.

We request that candidates send their CV as a Microsoft Word document where possible.

Quest Search and Selection is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.