Merchandise Planner job in Preston Borough at Monster UK

Merchandise Planner

Company: Monster UK

Location: Preston UK

Date Posted:Jan 18, 2017

Role TitleMerchandise PlannerPrestonUp to £30k (negotiable depending on level of experience) + benefitsRole ProfileMy client, a successful online retail business specialising in horticulture, is looking to appoint a Merchandise Planner to join their head office team near Preston. You will be very commercial in your thinking and approach to work, to take a wider view of the business as opposed to an independent merchandising function. This is a new role within the business, in order for the Commercial Director to relinquish some responsibility, where you will enjoy autonomy and have the chance to get involved in the buying side as the role develops. The role will ideally suit someone with experience in Central Merchandising or FMCG/ perishable goods, however full training on products will be given. This is a fantastic opportunity for a commercially aware, hungry and enthusiastic individual with a spark about them to join a down-to-earth, friendly and fun head office team within a growing online retailer with plenty of opportunity to develop and make the role their own.Key ResponsibilitiesTo support the Commercial Director in maximising sales across all three online brands and with expansion into other European marketsPlanning product ranges and preparing sales and stock planned in conjunction with the buyerOwnership of KPI reporting on sales and margin by product categoryLiaising with the Commercial Director and Sales and Operations Director to ensure day to day practice is in line with the overall business strategyCreate a forecasting plan quarterly to identify areas of opportunity and riskManaging all pricing and margin analysis on all product categoriesMonitor best sellers and ensure availability on all core productsHave a keen eye and basic understanding of google analytics and interest in the website layoutMaintain an awareness of competitors pricing and performanceLiaise and work closely with the PPC (pay per click) ManagerEnsure the buying and merchandising strategy is in line with marketing spendSuggest new areas of opportunity and product developmentOccasional travel visiting suppliers in the UK and EuropeCommunicating and negotiating with various suppliersOpportunity to implement new practices and processes and help shape the business strategySkills, Experience & Personal AttributesSeveral years' experience in merchandising, preferably for an online retailer, however applications will be considered from individuals whose experience has been gained in central store merchandisingExperience in an FMCG, perishable or seasonal business would be advantageousYou will be an extremely numerate individual who has a keen eye for detailYou will be very commercial in your thinking and approach with the ability to take a wider view of the business as opposed to an independent merchandising functionYou will be an ambitious individual who is keen to progress and developYou will be passionate about your role and developmentYou will have strong negotiation skills, as there will be an opportunity to take on buying responsibilityYou will have strong communication skills with the ability to influenceYou will be PC literate, particularly in ExcelUnderstanding of merchandising best practicesInterested in learning and not afraid to push back/ push own ideasPro-active, can conduct own analysisHands-on and not afraid to muck in and support other areas in the businessExcellent communication skillsClient informationMy client is a successful online retail business with exciting plans for further growthRemunerationUp to £30k (negotiable depending on level of experience)About Cast UKCast UK is a leading executive consultancy, providing national recruitment solutions to both clients and candidates. Specialising in Change & Transformation, HR, Procurement, Buying & Merchandising, Supply Chain, and Logistics, each member of our specialist team has a professional background specific to their recruiting sector. With this unique insight and knowledge, our consultants are able to place individuals from trainee through to main board. For more information on Cast UK and a complete list of all of our current vacancies, please visit View full job description
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