Mountain Warehouse

  • Junior Trading Manager (Branch Merchandising)

    Job Locations UK-London
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
  • Overview

    This is a great opportunity for someone to join the UK and European Trading function at Mountain Warehouse. Working with the Trading manager you will optimise branch stocks and sales across six different countries and deal with a wide range of product categories. Looking forward, the business is set to open its first store in New Zealand this year, so you will get fantastic exposure to new markets and be part of a truly global business. You will manage a multi-channel operation ensuring availability of stock for the online business and stores.


    To assist the Trading Manager in ensuring that optima stock levels are available in all channels of the business at all times so that sales and profit can be maximised.

    What you'll be doing


    • You will manage a team of four trading analysts on all areas of allocation, replenishment and seasonal grading of stores across the UK and European Region.
    • Work with the Trading manager to develop best practices so that a consistent approach to ways of working is filtered through the team.

    Store Grading:

    • Assist the Trading Manager in creating a robust end to end seasonal grading process.
    • Develop store profiles to ensure the best possible assortment is allocated to meet business targets, underpinned by turnover, space and demographic information.
    • Identify and review trading patterns against plan, align allocations where appropriate.
    • Manage the new store critical path and oversee the planning of new store packages with Trading Analyst.


    • Plan Initial Allocation quantities with trading analysts in line with business and store specific targets.
    • Ensure a credible range of newness flows into stores for season launch, measuring and communicating availability.
    • Work closely with supply chain to ensure that capacity exists to meets allocation and replen. requirements
    • Conduct weekly meetings with Trading Analyst, Trading Assistant and merchandising to review to pre-empt or highlight availability concerns.


    • Maximising margin by ensuring replen of seasonal lines is effectively allocated, ensuring that stock gets sent to the right stores, optimising sell thru.
    • Measures and communicates availability of continuity lines, identifying and communicating concerns.
    • Identify stock opportunities and risks within, work with the merchandising function to maximise/eliminate these instances. Co-ordinate with merchandising team on MD proposals.
    • Oversee the seasonal exit strategy and update Retail, Buying and Merchandising functions on actions planned.
    • Ensure sufficient stock depth exists for promotions and marketing activity.

    Multi-channel stock Management:

    • Manage online and store stock availability, ensuring optimal stock levels exist in each channel and that stock levels are aligned to sales patterns.
    • Co-ordinate with both online and merchandising functions to highlight where profit opportunities/risks exist.
    • Ensure that sufficient stock builds are in place for peak trading period and key events.

    Regular Store visits:

    • Conduct regular store visits with team to gain vital feedback around allocation strategies and incorporate lessons learnt into future decisions.

    We would love to meet someone with

    • Previous experience working within a Branch Merchandising function essential.
    • Proven history in managing people.
    • Experience of working in a fast paced environment with the ability to manage and prioritise personal workload but also teams.
    • A strong communicator who is confident in dealing with all levels of the business.
    • Ability to translate large amounts of data into concise trading actions that maximise sales and profit.

    What's in it for you?

    • Competitive salary and benefits package 
    • Holiday allowance
    • 50% staff discount & 25% for family and friends
    • Pension scheme


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