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Assistant Merchandiser

Location(s) London
Job ID 38737 Closing Date 05/10/2022 17:30 Contract Full time Hours 40 Contract Type Temporary Salary and Benefits Competitive plus benefits

From Merchandising and Marketing - Product Development and Design, through to Supply Chain and Space Planning - our mission is to bring stylish wardrobe, home and beauty essentials to our customers via an easy, inspiring shopping experience online and in store that will delight them every time.

As we accelerate the transformation of our business to suit the changing needs of our customer, we need results-orientated colleagues that not only have a passion for our product, but a strong team working ethos, creativity and a healthy commercial aim to join us on our journey.

To put the customer requirements at the centre of the product offer to develop and deliver a commercial and profitable range that optimises sales opportunity

We are currently looking for an Assistant Merchandiser to join our Womenswear team on a 10 month maternity cover at this exciting time!

Key accountabilities and measures
  • Supporting the Merchandiser in agreeing the strategy and targets for creating and achieving pre and in season Range sales and stock forecasts by channel in addition to GSM Markdown and availability
  • Analysis of sales identifying strengths and weaknesses and taking appropriate actions working in collaboration with partners to react to trade and maximise sales opportunity for the Department
  • Assisting the Merchandiser and Buying team to formulate a detailed plan on the products to be offered each quarter across all channels inc International
  • Booking quantities of products to meet launch and respond to in season variables for all channels in the UK and International
  • Assisting Department Plan review and lessons learned
  • Managing departmental documentation relating to all sale periods including markdown plans
  • Maintaining accurate listings in Range Planner
  • Working with Sourcing Offices to manage critical path from buy to delivery for each stroke including global capacity management and the agreement and monitoring of global production plans with suppliers
  • Providing information to Space Planning & Development team to allow them to generate layout plans to stores
  • Maintaining awareness of competition’s product offer to provide input into price point strategy and catalogue by shape of chain
  • Maintaining communication links to retail, channels, allocation, suppliers, sourcing offices and international
  • Implementing and exploiting new systems and processes
  • Assist the International team to maximise M&S departmental sales during International Buying events
Key skills
  • Core Merchandising skills including managing GSM, development of Department Plan, stock / commitment management, creating sales estimates, and production plans
  • Knowledge of the end to end buy to store process
  • Controlling unplanned in-season costs
  • Negotiation skills (managing in season unplanned costs)
  • Knowledge of M&S brand and sub-brand strategy
  • Able to fully utilise the relevant IT support systems, (Range Planner, SSI, SAS Reporting, JDA Merch Planning) and to be fully conversant with standard business desktop applications
  • Strong numerical, analytical and interpretive skills
  • Ability to initiate and build strong relationships with Design, Buying and Technology
  • Strong interpersonal/ communication skills
  • Influencing (internal & external)
Key Benefits:
  • Flexible working approach, with a balance of being in the office and working from home
  • Competitive salary plus bonus
  • 20 days holiday + 1 celebration day
  • 20% discount on M&S products
  • A range of wellbeing support (including a virtual GP)
  • 25% off gym memberships, access to online fitness classes and discounts for complementary health services, such as nutrition and lifestyle coaching

Interested? Apply here!

M&S is ready to push boundaries to lead the industry into a greener, speedier, more inspiring digital era. That’s why we’re revolutionising how we work and offering our most exciting opportunities yet. There’s never been a better time to be part of our team. Marks & Spencer strives to be an inclusive organisation, trusted, and loved by our colleagues, customers and suppliers. Join us and make an immediate impact. We are committed to an active Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy, which starts with our recruitment and selection process, and we are happy to talk flexible working.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process. If you consider yourself to have a disability or learning difficulty which means you are unable to complete the application process online, please get in touch either by phone on 0345 300 3725 or by email recruitment.online@marksandspencer.com so we can make alternative arrangements for you.

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