Assistant Merchandising Planner

£23000.00 - £28000.00 per annum
28 Sep 2016
26 Oct 2016
Dianne Saunders
Full Time
Contract Type

This leading garden centre chain are seeking an Assistant Merchandising Planner to join their Category Management and Merchandising team.

The purpose of the job is to get the right stock for a specified category at the right place at the right time thereby implementing the forward plan and enabling the Garden Centres to provide an enticing product selection for customers whilst meeting commercial ambitions.

The Role

Key Responsibilities:
Stock management - Orders the correct quantity of stock to arrive at the right place at the right time so as to provide an enticing product selection for customers.
Investigation and reporting - Monitors stock availability and investigates and responds to variances against plan making recommendations for action so as to make sure that stock forecasts are met.
Continual improvement - Identifies areas for improvements and recommends new ways of working within the team so as to enable the team to continually improve on their performance and efficiencies.
Team collaboration - Collaborates with trading colleagues making sure that the product lines are ordered and are available at the right time thereby making sure that forward plans are fully implemented.
Supplier management - Orders agreed levels of stock with suppliers so that future stock requirements are achievable and are delivered at the right time and at the right place.
Market understanding - Scans the market place and understands the current and emerging buying habits within the gardening and leisure industries so as to understand the products that customers value the most.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate:
Thinks beyond their job and considers how to balance and trade off sales, stock and profit. Has a drive for results and is aware of delivery targets.
Ideally they would like to see people with a background in fresh or Short Life Products who understand the need for expediency and are used to working in fast paced commercial environments.