Head of Merchandising


Company 

Page Personnel

Location 

Leeds

Employment Hours 

Full Time

Employment Type 

Permanent

Salary 

Job Requirements/Description

To create and deliver the retail strategy for the Groups strategic direction across all our retail division

To lead the merchandising team to deliver a commercial range of products on time and in full to the market to achieve the budgeted sales and contribution.

Client Details

A great opportunity for a Head of Merchandising to join a leading multi channel retailer in the Leeds area who are known for their internal progression. They are an established business that have been trading for a number of years. They sell through a number of different channels, store, ecommerce, wholesale etc.

Description


To own with the Head of Buying the commercial product assortment, meeting our customer requirements across each customer-group.

  • Presentation of key strategic vision for the business with regards to seasonal analysis, option plan, forecasted sales, intake and margin
  • Ensure budgeted margins are achieved and provide a strategic vision of both short and long-term sales, stock and margin potential.
  • To own the brands and customers' requirements, managing the phasing of intake and utilising existing stocks across the business to meet demand maximising sales and contribution
  • Ensure the delivery of the right product at the right time in-line with the design/merchandise/buying strategy to meet evolving customer requirements. Driving consistency in delivery across all customer-groups.
  • Analysing consumer buying patterns and predicting future market trends that are relevant for the business, by analysing previous sales history and live feedback from consumers
  • Managing the supply chain effectively building relationships with suppliers and customers
  • Creation, delivery and review of the Merchandising strategy; On time in full delivery, maximising contribution, minimising stock holdings

People:

  • To support, coach and guide the Merchandising team to deliver both the business and team individuals' objectives. Every team member to have a clear set of agreed personal objectives at all times.
  • Development of the merchandising teams career progression and a continually refined succession plan.
  • Motivate and lead the Merchandising team (direct and indirect reports at all levels)
  • Align department resources with areas of growth and profitability.
  • Liaising with functions across the business with an emphasis on buying, accounts and the sales teams / distributors to understand issues, requirements, clearly managing expectations and priorities.
  • Ensure any training needs for the team are identified and provided as required.
  • Development of the merchandising teams career progression and a continually refined succession plan.
  • Be responsible for the recruitment of key & strong candidates for your own area of business who can be developed within the organisation, ensuring the development and retention of department members
  • Ensure teams provide excellent service to suppliers, customers and other departments

Trade & Planning:

  • The continual review of key performance indicators such as sales, discount levels, stock and net achieved margin, and the setting of commercial strategies to ensure delivery within the business framework.
  • Monitor and then optimise the trade-off between improvements in stock / working capital / markdown vs better stock availability and sales growth.
  • Understand progress within the supply chain to ensure approvals and decisions are taken at key times to ensure on time garment delivery.
  • Manage changes in demand and logistical changes as and when they arise.

Additional responsibility:

  • Effectively manage the travel budgets for the department ensuring budgeted levels are not overspent unless authorised.
  • Manage external working relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Manage trim stocks effectively - in line with the agreed business stock targets.
  • Management of critical path to ensure desired garment delivery dates are achieved setting out clear guidelines of when delivery of garments is expected#
  • Contribute to the planning of seasonal launch agendas
  • Ad Hoc reports as the business demands
  • Ensure any system changes and updates are managed and understood and any training is provided for the team as required.

Profile

  • Financial awareness and understanding of departmental budgets and margins
  • Commercial and competitor awareness
  • Strong housekeeping and organisational skills
  • Numeracy
  • Effective communicator
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Team player
  • Good visual presentation skills
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Self-motivated

Job Offer

  • A generous holiday allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays.
  • Early finish on a Friday
  • Free parking
  • Hybrid working
  • An opportunity to play a key role in a leading retail company.

Head of Merchandising

Head of Merchandising

Head of Merchandising

Company 

Page Personnel

Location 

Leeds

Employment Hours 

Full Time

Employment Type 

Permanent

Salary 

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