Role details

Assistant Merchandiser at Well Known UK Retailer

Watford   •   £23,000 - £25,000   •  Permanent

Bullet points

  • UK Retailer seeking Assistant Merchandiser
  • 5 years Merchandising Background Required

About Our Client

Our client is based in Watford and is a well known UK retailer.

Job Description

The role of Assistant Merchandiser at Well Known UK Retailer involves the following processes:

  • Analysing past sales figures/trends to anticipate future product needs.
  • Devising a merchandise plan using the above techniques.
  • Relaying the merchandise plan to the buyer who, in turn, can decide on what products, styles, colours etc to purchase and from which suppliers, at what price.
  • Devising a contract for the suppliers including quality control, accuracy and flexibility. This is done throughout the season.
  • Allocating certain amounts of stock, to each outlet, throughout the season. Retailers are now trying to minimise stock holdings and commitment to allow for maximum flexibility.
  • Once the products are all distributed and put on sale, the Merchandiser can monitor stock movement, consider markdowns, inter-branch transfers, promotions or clear outs etc.
  • The Merchandiser is instrumental in all commercial decisions such as how much money should be spent, how many different lines should be bought and in what quantity, involvement in setting selling prices to regulate profit and decisions on when the stocks should be delivered into the business.

The Successful Applicant

The aim of the Assistant Merchandiser at Well Known UK Retailer is to maximise profits. You therefore need the following essential attributes.

  • Analytical Skills- You need to enjoy analysing data and using this to identify trends and potential risks and opportunities. You should be comfortable with basic statistics.
  • Communication Skills- You will need excellent communication skills, as you will be dealing with your teams, other teams internally, possibly right up to your MD, with suppliers and stores. You must be confident.
  • Resilience under Pressure- You need to be strong enough to keep calm when under pressure. This role can require quick thinking to spot trends, evaluate large amounts of data and make sound decisions. Things can change very quickly and there are always deadlines to meet.
  • Computer Literacy- Is vital as all data, trends and figure analysis will be done using EPOS information, a system most commonly used within merchandising to report on customer spending. Full training is supplied by all retail companies on joining, but each company will have its own unique reporting system.
  • Commercial Awareness- You need to understand what is going on in the market place, not just yours, but that of your competitors too! Knowing about your customers' needs, and economic trends in general will enable you to make sound and rational decisions.
  • 5 years Merchandising background is necessary.

What's on Offer

Our client based in Watford is offering £23,000-£25,000 with benefits.

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