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Central Merchandise Planner - South Coast, Hampshire

Job Title: Central Merchandise Planner - South Coast, Hampshire
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Hampshire, Hampshire
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q97391A
Contact Name: Quest Search and Selection
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 28, 2015 00:04

Job Description

This UK & international retailer is currently looking for committed Central Merchandiser who will manage the central WSSI function and come up with pro-active suggestions regarding stock forecasting and stock solutions.

Here you'll be responsible for ensuring that the right products are available stores and on-line, at the right time and in the correct quantities and minimising wastage and overcoming any shortages.

Your responsibilities include-

  • Overall forecasting and allocation
  • Analysing past sales trends to anticipate future need - so you'll need to be commercially aware with an analytical flair.
  • Working closely with the Buyer and merchandising teams
  • Manage the flow of stock into the business
  • Accurately forecast trends, plan stock levels and performance.
  • Create processes to maximise profits and manage the performance of ranges
  • Work collaboratively across business functions
  • Developing commercial plans and managing stock exit plans is also essential
  • Working closely with our buying teams to deliver ranges that hit margin targets as well as managing sales performance.
  • Training, Development & Succession Planning of team members
  • Optimising the sales volume and profitability of designated product areas through effective stock, sales and merchandise planning.
  • usage of layout plans
  • Ensures the customer is at the forefront of your thinking of all decisions.

To be successful you will-

  • Have Core or Central Merchandising experience within a blue-chip retailer (will consider most product categories) and to have traded a range through a WSSI.
  • Retail or Supplier background with the relevant product categories from a retailer or supplier background.
  • Experience of financial Modelling (e.g. availability, intake planning, margin forecasting)
  • Experience of developing commercial plans (e.g. exit and range)
  • Extensive stakeholder management experience to deliver commercial plans
  • Experience of merchandising skills and planning and forecasting a range through a WSSI within a major retailer
  • Commercial understanding of the wider business
  • Worked in an Omni Channel
  • Provide clear OTB risks and opportunities in season trading.
  • Previous experience in stock modelling
  • Effective communication and stakeholder management skills to devise a merchandising plan for multiple produce areas, as well as store.

This business will offer full relocation if not in the current area and various other benefits that reflect a blue-chip business including private healthcare & contributory pension. If you feel this would be the right opportunity for you please send your cv quoting the reference Q97391A.

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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