Merchandiser - Clothing

Recruiter
DSB Recruitment
Location
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Salary
Competitive
Posted
21 Oct 2019
Closes
01 Nov 2019
Ref
1293888824
Job Description MERCHANDISER OUR CLIENT A successful, long-standing private business with multiple clothing brands under it's portfolio. MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE As the Merchandiser for your Business Unit you will play a lead role within our Buying and Merchandising teams, across all levels. You will be responsible for the planning and trading for your area of the business; building the strategy for future ranges to deliver sales, markdown and margin budgets. Effectively managing stock levels in the business Vs target and deliver exit strategy for all terminal stock. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES Strategy: Work alongside your buyer to own the range plan to deliver budgeted sales and margin for your area. Present in all range reviews & sign off meetings to senior management team. Create financial building blocks to highlight any potential opportunity or risks to sales & margin budget. Accurately forward forecast required intake and plan OTB for ranges to deliver sales and margin plans whilst in line with stock targets; ensuring timely submission of production planning requirements on supplier mill summaries to ensure capacity is reserved and stock is booked in line with critical path to ensure timely deliveries. Own weekly forecasting for sales and margin document, highlight any risk or opportunity and recommended trading actions on a continual basis. Planning of future season promotional calendar and forecasting sales and margin impact. Owning your area of the seasonal trade activity. Set-up and execution of the branch distribution plan, capturing store level differences in customer profile, within the agreed option/space plans. Produce and execute a clear line level exit strategy for range to reduce terminal stock levels in the business. Forecast & highlight margin impact on delivering this plan to Senior Management. People: Training and support of your direct reports; manage their workload, setting priorities to deliver business requirements & increase morale where applicable. Support the Buying team at all levels on a regular basis, to ensure the delivery of the seasonal strategy. Trade and Planning: Continual forward forecasting of your Business Unit reviewing month/season/year sales and margin plan. Highlighting any risk to sales, margin & stock levels and propose any actions required to rectify. WSSI Management. Responsibility for ensuring the WSSI is maintained accurately within Oasys on a weekly basis. Ensuring OTB is in the correct week/ removed once an order has been placed. Use this key information to forward forecast sales. Drive monthly WSSI reviews with Head of Merchandising and propose any actions required on phasing intake or increasing OTB to achieve year end stock targets. Review core line cards on a weekly basis with Assistant merchandiser on current performance. Propose any actions required in weekly trade on re-groups, par adjustments, phasing current commitment or any additional buys required. Drive actions in weekly trade on best/worst sellers; Regroups, distribution, intake & markdown proposals. Intake, working closely with Buyer to review weekly delivery schedule and critical path manage intake into the business. Take required actions to deliver; product launches, promotional activity or reduce over stocks. Management of working closely with the retail team to address any store stock issues and action accordingly WSSI maintenance; ensure OTB is updated on a weekly basis, intake is in the correct week & have an understand of closing stock targets of store group and YOY stock variance. Identify any overstock issues with clearly considered proposals made on how to reduce surplus stock and increase sell through. Own the critical path and sign off of key promotional activity and forecast sales, markdown and margin. Build stock package to deliver sales plan. Additional Responsibility: Ad Hoc reporting to support buying & merchandising, and senior management. Strong understanding of competitors and their promotional activity Act as a deputy for your Head of Department, when applicable Communications & Working Relationships: Merchandising Buying Shipping/Sourcing Ecommerce Marketing VM QA Retail Build relationships with suppliers and travel to supplier meetings when required. Accountability: Sales, margin and stock budget delivery Stock availability WSSI maintenance If applicable to your department, support the departmental MAA with daily tasks and training. Personal Specification Knowledge / skills: Numeracy – Highly numerate with strong analytical skills Logical / systematic – clear reasoning for decision making Communication – written and verbal with all levels of seniority Adaptable – flexible to change Problem solving – able to provide solutions Commercial awareness Needs to be highly organised and self-motivated individual who works well on his or her own initiative yet is also seen as a confident and strong team player. Ability to engage with a number of different stakeholders, both internally and externally PC Skills: General IT literacy Strong Microsoft Excel Skills Microsoft Outlook Microsoft Word Microsoft PowerPoint Qualifications & experience: GCSE level C in Maths & English Ideally to have a buying, fashion, textiles or business management degree At least 12 to 18 months experience working as a Senior Assistant Merchandiser - ideally in a related category. Unique Circumstances: Some travel may be required Performance Measures: Critical deadlines achieved in all instances Performance of Revenue, Markdown, Margin, Intake and Stock Levels versus set budget Efficient use of stock mix to keep terminal stocks to target levels Execution of stock exit strategy of designated area Stock Availability Accuracy on reporting and data provided Accuracy of reporting and analysis to set time frame Creative flair and confidence in decisions Communicate information effectively at all levels and on time Ability to work on own initiative Ability to maintain positive working relationships Team player Ability to maintain positive working relationships Ensure team are developed where necessary and are invested in accordingly keeping morale and motivation high and staff turnover to a minimum

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