Merchandiser


As Merchandiser you will be joining an established and growing catalogue and web based brand, based just outside Oxford.

Offering a competitive salary, Monday to Friday office hours and a hybrid of office and WFH, the company who offer a lifestyle range including clothing and accessories.

They have a friendly, supportive, and collaborative culture working well together to achieve excellent results.


Purpose of the role:



  • Managing merchandising to optimise stock and thereby sales performance for all territories

  • Managing stock within KPI targets, in-stock %, back-order targets and clearance of old stock


Key Responsibilities for the Merchandiser:



  • Prepare annual budgets/forecasts/OTB in conjunction with Merchandising Manager, Marketing Manager and the Commercial Finance Director and once agreed, operate within them to optimise sales

  • Ensure products & prices are set-up accurately and to deadline

  • Ensure POs are placed on a timely basis for initial and repeat orders

  • Ensure the Direct Despatch system products works effectively; Customers receive their orders in the time frames promised and supplier invoices are checked, authorised and handed to accounts promptly

  • Ensure quarantine stocks are reviewed and actioned in a timely manner

  • Ensure supplier invoices are checked and approved on a timely basis

  • Provide instruction and guidance to team members regarding the ordering, chasing-in and quality control of products, assisting as required and monitoring performance

  • Manage relationships with Suppliers to ensure KPIs are achieved

  • Liaise effectively with 3rd party fulfilment centre regarding stock arrival, delays, quality control

  • Work with other teams to deliver company objectives



Meetings & Reporting



  • Attend and contribute to weekly trading meetings in merchandising managers absence

  • Produce weekly/monthly reports for trading meetings

  • Use a WSSI to manage stocks within agreed OTB



Sales Analysis



  • Perform full analysis of sales performance by category, page and product sales and unit factor for each catalogue (by brand/territory)

  • Make recommendations on which categories should be extended/contracted by brand/country

  • Identify which Products should be carried forward based on sales & unit factors (taking space into consideration where appropriate)

  • Work with the CEO/merchandising manager to identify optimum percentage new v pick-up product


Selection & Forecasting



  • Attend selection

  • Provide feedback on proposed items based on past performance of similar product

  • Accurately update spreadsheets as products are selected

  • Forecast performance of new and pick-up lines using your experience/sales history of past sellers and customer profiles.

    Review forecasts with the relevant buyer.

  • Review sales to forecast numbers each season to gain learnings for future seasons



Stock Control



  • Achieve targeted KPIs

  • Optimise sales and reduce fulfilment costs through effective management of in-stocks and backorders



Stock Clearance



  • Accurately categorise and report on stock as current, future and clearance

  • Implement a stock clearance policy in agreement with Commercial Finance Director

  • Trade the sale periods to optimise clearance of excess stock at a positive overall margin to be agreed with the Commercial Finance Director

  • Analyse ‘sale' performance



Key Skills Required:



  • Merchandise experience would be an advantage

  • An interest in women's fashion and accessories

  • Detail orientated

  • Organised, used to working to deadlines

  • Confident communicator

  • Work well under pressure and able to multitask

  • Adaptable in a changing environment

  • Strong IT skills, particularly excel - this is used daily in this role and for reporting

  • Able to work on own initiative

  • Own transport essential, due to remote location


What's in it for you?



  • A competitive salary - £30,000 - £40,000

  • Working as part of a supportive and collaborative team

  • Training progression and personal development

  • Standard office hours Monday - Friday

  • Hybrid working

  • Part time work considered, however you must be willing to work full time over peak periods




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