Distributor 3-6 Month FTC

14 Apr 2018
21 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Careful distribution, planning and merchandising keeps our stores well stocked and looking great! It's no mean feat. It takes a lot of innovation, creative thinking and problem solving, as challenges arise all the time. New ideas are welcomed - and you'll see results quickly. If you're constructive, resilient and commercial and able to see the bigger picture, you'll soon find your feet in this varied, fast-moving department.

Due to increased workload we are looking for Distributors (Allocators) to join our talented Merchandising team based at our High Street Head Office in Swindon Wiltshire, on a 3- 6 month fixed term contract. The main purpose of this role is to work effectively with other Distributors, logistics and suppliers to maintain good product availability and control stock levels across a number of different ranges. This is an ideal role for someone looking to establish themselves within a successful leading Retailer and could lead to future opportunities.

What you'll do:
As a distributor (allocator) you will be responsible for managing our Stores and Distribution Centre (DC) stock levels and replenishment levels. Our distributors work closely with our suppliers, stores and distribution centres, liaising regularly to manage stock availability and fulfilment. You'll create and calculate purchase orders, and provide suppliers with accurate forecasts for our stores and DC's. You'll analyse performance of the ranges and ensure month end targets, availability and fulfilment targets are met; whilst also providing support with any stock problems or price overrides.

What's in it for you?
We're a company that values our people; from day one you will receive ongoing support and have access to our various training and development programmes as well as exciting career development opportunities for your future. We offer a wide range of benefits to say thank you for all your hard work including; a competitive salary, a profit related bonus, 24 days holiday plus your birthday off, pension, as well as other perks such as our popular holiday trading scheme and a 4pm finish on a Friday!

Who we're looking for:
Ideally you will have previous experience in a stock management / allocation focused role, or you may be working as a Merchandising Assistant and looking for your next challenge. You will need to have a strong analytical ability to run reports and analyse and interpret data to identifying trends. You will have excellent Excel skills including the use of Pivot Tables & V-Lookups, and be able to work under pressure and take the initiative. As you'll have a variety of stakeholders to manage an engaging communication style is a must, as well as strong influencing skills. You'll be able to manage your time effectively and have an eye for detail.

About us
You may know we operate on the high street, in rail and bus stations, airports, hospitals, universities and workplaces. But you may be surprised to learn we've been around since 1792 and have over 14,000 employees across the globe. We're continually growing by putting our customers at the heart of all we do and we grow our people too. At WHSmith there are No Limits to where your career can go!

Our success is down to our fantastic, diverse team. We welcome applications from everyone - whoever you are

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