Artis Procurement, Purchasing and Supply Chain
£30000 - £35000 per annum
23 Nov 2017
03 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
3-6 month Contract (likely extension)

My client is going through a period of major change, and as such need to recruit a Merchandiser on a contract basis. They need someone who will commit to role, and long term potential is unknown. You will be responsible for the day to day forecasting, planning and management of stock for a specific category of products to support the delivery of sales and margin objectives.

The role is accountable for the set up and management of accurate and timely product data including life cycle status control. You will maintain a strong cross functional relationship with distribution teams to ensure availability targets are met. Working closely with the Product Manager to maximise long-term profitability of relevant product ranges by improving stock efficiency, effectively executing range review activity and managing mark down and clearance plans.

*Creating Stock budgets by Category and Month for category, ensuring stock levels support business objectives and meet working capital constraints
*Creating and communicating stock forecast and demand plans, supporting terminal/discontinued stock clearance and stock management within agreed stock levels
*Manage category stock levels responding to market trends and seasonal factors as per the agreed stock, sales, and margin budgets.
*Forecasting category seasonal sales/stock trends and promotional campaign activity in accordance with overall sales, margin and stock budgets
*Accountable for availability of live products to agreed levels, with particular emphasis on best sellers, promotions and key ranges
*Analyse and evaluate category product performance against stock and space investment to drive improved stock turn and optimise margins
*Owns category product data ensuring accurate and timely data management
*Product and supplier set up processes with consistent processes and compliance measures
*Responsible for category stock status management with clear communication to improve product life cycle management and optimise net margins
*Communicating capacity and range changes impacting the DDC
*Accurate setting of category Min & Max levels, in line with sales, stock and store display levels.
*Agreeing best routes of supply from Supplier to Customer, ensuring best price and best service levels
*Agreeing capacity plans for in-bound/out-bound volumes, communicating with DDC/Transport Teams trends
*Responsible with Product Managers for mid & short term forecasting of ranges, providing timely and accurate sales & stock requirements to ensure Suppliers provide continuity of stock

*Stock & merchandising skills typically gained through years of experience
*Ability to communicate professionally & effectively with internal & external customers
*Flexibility and ability to be a team player
*Logical, multi tasker, numerate, analytical, detail conscious, assertive and able to retain information
*Data awareness, spot trends and forecast requirements and understand procedures for order calculations
*Strong commercial acumen
*Experience of managing stock in a multi-site retail environment
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