Category Merchandiser

01 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Wickes is an exciting, fast paced, changing environment and we have a lot going on for 2017! We strongly believe our culture is one of the many reasons people join us as well as the opportunity to excel and get involved in different initiatives, we’re a great bunch!

What is the role?

We are looking for Category Merchandisers to see that the most effective / profitable use is made of available retail space. You’ll do this by working cross functionally with internal / external departments / suppliers to create / oversee the development of accurate, safe and practical Planograms.

What you’ll be doing;

  • To work co-operatively within the Senior Category Merchandiser and commercial category teams to produce planograms necessary for the introduction / ranging of new products, deletion of existing products, re-packaged ranges and general merchandising improvements - ensuring that they are accurate, practical and in accordance with Wickes' space allocation matrix / strategy
  • To ensure that the Merchandising Health & Safety policy is applied to all Planograms that are created. Responsible for gaining H&S approval on new Merchandising concepts & produce risk assessments when required
  • To provide as part of the range review process, with recommendations at product level to ensure that informed commercial decisions can be had regarding space allocation, working pro-actively and co-operatively with the commercial category teams
  • To develop and innovate new racking / equipment enabling more effective or safe product display, working cross functionally & co-operatively in conjunction with the Senior Category Merchandiser, to include input from the Head of Merchandising Space Planning, Buyers, Brand Design, Suppliers and Operations
  • To manage and compile Planogram packs for promotional programmes, whilst advising of any potential problems or opportunities
  • To provide accurate Planogram packs, equipment profiles and stock fill information to the appropriate functions
What we’re looking for…

  • 'A' level standard of education in a design orientated subject
  • Minimum of GCSE standard in English and Maths
  • 2 years of operational experience with a multi-site retailer
  • Good working knowledge of modern space planning/merchandising software packages (Intactix CKB, Space Planning & Floor Planning)
  • Basic knowledge of the CAD planning software package
  • Very good sense of spatial awareness & visual 3D observational skills
  • Good competency with spreadsheet and database software packages – ability to import and export data into other software packages
  • Ability to communicate well with colleagues at all levels, and present ideas / data and proposals to cross functional groups, with the ability to influence peers
  • Good understanding of the dynamics of Wickes product categories
  • Good working knowledge of practical merchandising and promotional techniques, with an understanding of consumer shopping behaviour
  • Good quality planning and organisational skills
A full job description is available prior to interview.

What we can offer you?

Wickes is more than just the nation’s favourite DIY store. We’re part of the Travis Perkins Group, one of the UK’s top employers and that’s why the first thing you’ll notice at Wickes is the way everyone pulls together. It’s a place where we’ll ask for your ideas, listen to your opinions and value the contributions you make. Chances are you’ve never experienced anything quite like our culture. All our colleagues come from different backgrounds, but what we all have in common is a determination to succeed and a passion for being the best we can be.

If that sounds like you, we’ll make you feel right at home.

Our strong family values and 'cornerstones' lie at the heart of the success of our journey - from family business to forward thinking business. If matching your ambition to our culture is an exciting prospect, there's never been a better time to join us.

And if, like us, you put customers at heart of everything you do, you can expect to be rewarded with a full package of perks on top of a salary that grows with you as you grow in our business.

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