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Merchandise Manager - Franchise Specialist

Job Title: Merchandise Manager - Franchise Specialist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: North London
Salary: £45000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits Package
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q92380
Contact Name: Quest Seach Selection
Contact Email: PLH.83932.4032@quest.aplitrak.com
Job Published: June 12, 2013 13:27

Job Description

This leading global retailer is currently looking to recruit an experienced Merchandise Manager to join their team; working within their fashion and clothing area. Having successfully established their own stand alone stores both here in the UK and abroad they are now looking to expand further across via the Franchise market; consequently this role will focus around this element of the business. As you will be responsible for the franchise business, it essential that you are currently working at Senior Merchandiser or already at Merchandise Manager level, with management experience as well as a working knowledge of working with third parties and/or franchise partners. Key responsibilities will include: * Working closely with the Buying team to ensure that the B&M strategy is achieved. * Creating a range plan which both optimises space and maximises sales and profit. * Regularly reviewing existing and identifying potential suppliers, whilst negotiating commercially viable contracts. * Overseeing the flow of stock and availability across the business. * Managing the OTB and WSSI for your category. * Managing a small team of Merchandisers and Assistants as well as Admin Support. The successful candidate will: * Currently be working at either Senior Merchandiser level or already a Merchandise Manager within a retail fashion head office; ideally with concession based or franchise exposure. * Be confident when working within a fast moving and volume driven environment. * Be confident working towards set KPIs and tight deadlines. * Be highly experienced when managing the WSSI and possess a good understanding of managing the OTB. * Be an analytical character with the ability to handle large amounts of data with ease. * Possess a commercial mindset, with knowledge of the latest trends and overall fashion market. * Be a motivational leader and therefore able to lead a more junior team to success. This is a fantastic role for those looking to join a leading retail business. As a result of working for a global brand you will gain valuable exposure across the industry and be given clear and realistic development opportunities. As this role sits within the fashion department they are looking for fashion orientated Merchandise Managers who are passionate about product as well as merchandising; it is therefore essential that you have previous fashion merchandising experience. In return for your hard work, you will receive a generous salary and benefits package as well as the opportunity to build a long lasting career within the business. 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.

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