Allocator - Lingerie (FTC)

Marks & Spencer
10 Jan 2018
10 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Upon completion of your interim appointment our intention would be for you to return to your previous role, where this is not possible the job that you return to will be at least the same level as the one you left

What is the purpose of the job?

• To allocate specific product ranges/department to stores, to maximise availability for all customers in all channels
• To identify opportunities and exceptions using the tool’s functionality to drive stock to the right places
• Effectively communicate to stores/channels with regards to highlighting opportunities to drive sales

Key accountabilities and measures
• Clear focus on managing JDA Fulfilment, its settings and parameters to optimise stock distribution in line with BU strategy
• Focus on the planning, exception management and lockdown of each launch communicating any issues to the Merchandiser
• Managing dates to support launches in stores in line with business requirements
• Deliver availability targets through effective stock management (minimise stock deficiencies, achieving maximum sell through)
• Load accurately presentation quantities and dates in line with departmental presentation strategy
• Support the exit strategy where required
• Manage exceptions within JDA fulfilment
• Escalate potential issues on the assortment and highlight actions required
• Escalate issues with product set up such as no MCDQ (MINSS) or no forecast
• Liaise with senior allocator to escalate issues to the A&R central team
• Provide accurate send forecasts on a weekly basis and react to logistics and retail constraints where applicable
• Maintain effective and positive communication with traders and stores
• Ensure effective two way communication with Senior Allocator, Merchandiser (all channels) and Demand Forecaster
• Share and implementing best practise allocation and providing support for other allocators and departments

Technical skills/business skills required

• The ability to optimise customer availability and sales whilst managing stock levels in all selling channels
• In depth knowledge of JDA Fulfilment and how it relates to the supply chain
• In depth understanding of the parameters that JDA Fulfilment uses to distribute stock
• The ability to manage by exception using the views in JDA Fulfilment
• Knowledge of key merchandising systems Range Planner, SSI and Demand Forecasting
• Knowledge of assortment and shape of chain
• Ability to initiate and build strong relationships with own team, stores and external contacts
• Strong numerical, analytical and interpretive skills
• Strong communication and influencing skills

Key relationships and stakeholders
• Senior Allocator
• Merchandising
• All Channels
• Supply Chain
• A&R Central Team
• Retail
• Logistics