Assistant Merchandise Planner/ Assistant Merchandiser - Apparel

Mountain Warehouse
United Kingdom
01 Oct 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
OverviewReporting into the Merchandise Planner you will help plan and trade the category with the purpose of maximising sales and profit whilst limiting risk. This is a great opportunity to join a fast growing business and planning team.

What you'll be doingOversee intake, delivery and capacity of category product whilst remaining aware of impact on other areasChallenges and supports decisions made within team based on evidence and analysisEnsuring stock levels and prices are correct for promotional offers at least 1 week before promotion startsManages & challenges OTB on category, seeks best solution with buying and ensures necessary action is taken to reflect current tradingWork with buying to protect margins by instigating relevant stock movements to limit riskResponsible for smooth running of critical path and life cycle of a product for category, working closely with buying and other functions to ensure department risk is minimisedApproves and confirms all products on VM guidelines for planned distribution for parrot stands, windows or any other in store promotionWorks with senior management to ensure in season trading lessons learnt are fed into the planning processManagement of key line cards or continuity sheets to maintain optimum stock levelsEnsure WSSI reflects current strategy and tradeCollaborating with Buyers to optimise margins to maximise profitWe would love to meet someone withYou will have relevant experience in an assistant buying role (doesn’t have to be the same product type) within a retail chain or equivalent. Sportswear & lifestyle buying experience is very beneficial.Experience of fully managing the critical path for your departmentCommercial approach to business critical decisionsBe aware of competitors and help to try and keep Mountain Warehouse the best value on the high streetConfident approach to offer suggestions on the type and quantity of product for the department given the budgeted OTBGood interpersonal skills – able to build and manage relationships with colleagues and suppliers, communication is key at all timesStrong IT skills most importantly in Excel or equivalentCommercial and keeps up to date and aware of market trends, changes in demandAble to fully understand customer needs and demands (e.g. price, quality, availability)Strong time management skills and able to prioritise as this is a never-ending job and there will always be more to be doneSomeone ambitious who is looking to grow with the company and always striving for improvements in all aspects of the business, is innovative and forward thinking
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