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Junior Merchandiser

Level

L2 - Junior Manager


Closing Date:

17/12/2020


Permanent / Fixed Term

Permanent


Support Centre Location

London Office


More about the role

Here, at New Look, everything that we do is for the love of fashion.

We’ve been bringing the latest fashion to the high-street since 1969.  We’re now a global, multichannel brand offering on-trend, value-fashion for women, men and teenage girls.  Even after 50 years we’ve stayed true to our original mission of delivering fabulous products at a price our customers can afford.

We invented fast fashion and it’s our colleagues today that continue our journey to create a New Look that everyone loves.

It’s our values that inspire us every day - we play to win, we are customer obsessed, we work as one…and it starts with you.

We are always on the lookout for talented, passionate people to join our New Look team.


The Role:

To put the customer requirements at the centre of our offer, working collaboratively and strategically with the Buyer and Designer. Works alongside the Buyer, to run the product area as an independent profit centre focusing all activity on meeting customer needs and achieving a commercial level of sales and stock, across all relevant regions and channels. Responsible for managing and developing junior team members, in order to create a high performing team. Deputises in the absence of the Merchandiser /Senior Merchandiser.

Merchandising & Planning
• Achieving department KPI’s  in line with strategy and department plan, maximising sales and profit
• Reviewing the category Weekly Sales and Stock Intake (WSSI), coordinating action to maximise profitability of the department and reduce risks
• Contributing to range development by ensuring the Product reflects the Brand strategy, the range is without gaps and duplication, and the season is logically and commercially thought through in line with the Critical Path
• Managing Commitment to ensure operational efficiency and stock targets are met
• Responsible for preparation and presentation of range sign offs in line with department / strategy and customer requirements
• Reviewing range plans regularly with the Buyer to reflect changing sales / trends in order to maximise profits
• Presenting the Departmental strategy every season along with the Buyer and Designer, including lessons learnt from previous seasons and strategy to implement going forwards
• Monitoring product groups, determining pricing strategy and price point and influencing range Building in conjunction with the Buyer 
• Applying knowledge of the current competitive market place (comparative shopping)
• Maintaining a focused, reliable supply base in order to maximise profit
• Developing a flexible sourcing strategy with the Buyer to ensure the optimum balance of margin, quality and lead-time flexibility
• Contributing ideas and solutions which have commercial gain
• Sound understanding of the Department’s current Customer insights, Market Share and opportunities

Trading
• Ensuring in-season activity delivers planned sales, margin and terminal stock targets
• Analysing data, identifying issues and trends, interpreting results to provide recommendations to protect / maximise profit
• Managing the in-season Open to Buy (OTB) down to season/department level, flexibility and margin
• Reviewing current sales with the Buyer, reacting appropriately to maximise sales opportunity
• Managing of Intake Margin, Markdown and Promotions


Team
• Supporting with the management and development of fellow colleagues / team, delivering relevant training and support when required
• Creating a positive Team spirit
• Translating the BMD vision into clear goals and objectives for your direct reports


About You:

• PC literate – Intermediate / Advanced Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook
• Use of Merchandising systems
• Accuracy
• Customer knowledge
• Negotiation and influencing skills
• Great interpersonal / communication skills
• Ability to initiate, build and maintain good relationships with Branch Merchandising, Design, Buying, Quality Assurance and Suppliers
• Good presentation skills
• Resilient
• Team Player
• Communicates effectively with all internal and external teams

Knowledge and Experience
• Previous experience as an Assistant Merchandiser / Junior Merchandiser within a major retailer / department within New Look

Minimum level of education or qualifications
• Fashion Qualification / Other degree desirable

Why New Look?
The amazing people, the love of fashion, the 4pm Friday finishes – there are so many reasons to love working at New Look.
We offer training to support you and your career progression, so that you can be at your absolute best.
You’ll also receive these amazing benefits:
• 40% staff discount
• Monthly 25% off  privilege vouchers for family and friends to enjoy
• Quarterly sample sales
• Season ticket loans
Apply now to find out more.

 


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