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Lead Merchandiser - Electrical

Job Title: Lead Merchandiser - Electrical
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Surrey, Surrey
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q98120
Contact Name: Quest Search and Selection
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 06, 2015 23:05

Job Description

This UK & international retailer is currently looking for a Lead Merchandiser for one of their hardlines ranges.

With over 200 stores in the UK and growing; this business is looking for committed Merchandiser within their Electrical category.

Overall as a Senior Merchandiser you'll be responsible for ensuring that the right products are available in stores and on-line, at the right time and in the correct quantities.

Your responsibilities are-

  • Forecasting and allocation of category
  • Analysing past sales trends to anticipate future need - so you'll need to be commercially aware with an analytical flair.
  • Accurately forecast trends, plan stock levels and performance.
  • Create processes to maximise profits and manage the performance of ranges
  • Planning promotions and markdowns as necessary.
  • Training, Development & Succession Planning of team members
  • Optimising the sales volume and profitability of designated product areas through effective stock, sales and merchandise planning.
  • Working closely with the buying teams to deliver ranges that hit margin targets as well as managing sales performance .
  • Developing business plans in managing stock exit plans is also essential including seasonal and end-off-line stock
  • Wastage targets
  • Leading & Developing Junior team members
  • You'll use your layout plans that incorporate space and stock planning.
  • Plan product ranges and preparing sales and stock plans in conjunction with buyers
  • Ensures the customer is at the forefront of your thinking of all decisions.

To be successful you will-

  • Retail or Supplier background with the relevant product categories - Electrical, SDA or DIY are ideal.
  • Have merchandising experience within a blue-chip retailer and to have traded a range through a WSSI.
  • high influence individual & can consult & make key decisions in a ever-changing market
  • Have accountability of a category of 35 - 200 million & in control of the OTB.
  • Must be at a Merchandise Planner or Senior Merchandiser level with complete 360 accountability
  • Previous experience in stock modelling
  • Effective communication and stakeholder management skills to devise a merchandising plan for multiple produce areas, as well as store.
  • Financial Modelling (e.g. Availability, intake planning, margin forecasting)

This business will offer relocation assistance if not in the current area as well as bonus and other benefits reflective of a blue-chip business. If you feel this would be the right opportunity for you please send your cv quoting the reference Q98120!

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.