Reporting into the Merchandise Planner you will help plan and trade the category with the purpose of maximising sales and profit whilst limiting risk. This is a great opportunity to join a fast growing business and planning team.
What you'll be doing
Oversee intake, delivery and capacity of category product whilst remaining aware of impact on other areas
Challenges and supports decisions made within team based on evidence and analysis
Ensuring stock levels and prices are correct for promotional offers at least 1 week before promotion starts
Manages & challenges OTB on category, seeks best solution with buying and ensures necessary action is taken to reflect current trading
Work with buying to protect margins by instigating relevant stock movements to limit risk
Responsible for smooth running of critical path and life cycle of a product for category, working closely with buying and other functions to ensure department risk is minimised
Approves and confirms all products on VM guidelines for planned distribution for parrot stands, windows or any other in store promotion
Works with senior management to ensure in season trading lessons learnt are fed into the planning process
Management of key line cards or continuity sheets to maintain optimum stock levels
Ensure WSSI reflects current strategy and trade
Collaborating with Buyers to optimise margins to maximise profit
We would love to meet someone with
You will have relevant experience in an assistant buying role (doesn’t have to be the same product type) within a retail chain or equivalent.
Sportswear & lifestyle buying experience is very beneficial.
Experience of fully managing the critical path for your department
Commercial approach to business critical decisions
Be aware of competitors and help to try and keep Mountain Warehouse the best value on the high street
Confident approach to offer suggestions on the type and quantity of product for the department given the budgeted OTB
Good interpersonal skills – able to build and manage relationships with colleagues and suppliers, communication is key at all times
Strong IT skills most importantly in Excel or equivalent
Commercial and keeps up to date and aware of market trends, changes in demand
Able to fully understand customer needs and demands (e.g. price, quality, availability)
Strong time management skills and able to prioritise as this is a never-ending job and there will always be more to be done
Someone ambitious who is looking to grow with the company and always striving for improvements in all aspects of the business, is innovative and forward thinking
What's in it for you?
Competitive salary and benefits package
50% staff discount & 25% for family and friends
Pension scheme (eligible after a probationary period)
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At Mountain Warehouse we have been developing the very best outdoor gear for all the family since 1997.
Unlike other outdoor retailers, we don’t carry lots of different brands. In fact, almost all the products we sell through our stores and website are exclusive to Mountain Warehouse – you won’t find them anywhere else.
Why do we do this? Well, by designing our own top quality products and having them made to our exacting standards, we can cut out the middleman. So that means you get the exact same quality, but at significantly lower prices than you’ll find at other shops.
We have well located and well stocked stores where you and your family can get straightforward advice from our knowledgeable, friendly staff. In most of our stores you can even bring your dog in too! Everything we do is focused on serving our growing group of customers who like what we have to offer: the best gear, the best service and the best prices.
We would love it if you joined them.