Assistant Merchandiser

White Stuff
London (Greater)
15 Sep 2018
18 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an Assistant Merchandiser to support the Merchandiser to plan & trade the department, maximising sales and profit, and minimising markdown.

What you’ll be doing:

• Contribute to departmental Merchandising planning and trading strategy, with the customer and brand in mind.
• Supports Merchandiser in development of seasonal department strategy, which reflects company strategy and maximises department profit performance.
• Set up department planning WSSIs for the season under guidance of the Merchandiser
• Works with Branch Merchandiser and Merchandiser on New Shop Packs.
• Support the Merchandiser in planning core business from top line through to line card level.
• Manage the right stock at the right time through the business
• In partnership with Buying, support the Merchandiser in delivering a well-balanced and profitable sourcing strategy.
• Collate and produce weekly trade analysis for department to support in delivery maximum profit for the season, irrespective of fluctuating trends, retail climate and internal and external circumstances.
• Responsible for rolling monthly WSSI packs. Re-forecast department WSSI, Category Cards and line cards to review sales, stock and markdown and intake. Completes monthly margin roll in line with WSSI submit.
• Produce markdown and promotion costing. Calculate uplifts and impact on margin.
• Regularly review size ratios and make recommendations for buy ratios and balance backs.
• Managing the workload of the department Allocator
• Support Merchandise function in delivery of training for Allocators and new Assistant Merchandisers

What you’ll need:

• Currently working as an entry level Assistant Merchandiser (or equivalent), ideally within the retail industry
• Ability to demonstrate commercial awareness with an understanding of consumer trends and competitors
• Ability to proactively manage workload, prioritising and delegating when necessary
• Communicate accurately, clearly and concisely both in writing and verbally
• Good ability to problem solve
• Strong team working skills, able to build positive cross-functional relationships
• Lots of initiative and good decision-making skills
• Experience managing an Allocator or Merchandising Admin Assistant, with the ability to develop and coach others
• Excellent PC skills, to include Excel (intermediate to advanced)
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