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Merchandise Planner

Apply now Job no: 503822
Work type: Full time
Site: Redditch
Categories: Supply
Location: Worcestershire

With over 10,000 employees and more than 460 stores, Halfords is the UK and Eire's leading retailer in each of the key product markets in which it operates. Long-term sustainable growth is our absolute focus and in order to achieve this we need to have an elite team of Merchandisers on board.

Our team of Merchandiser Planners are responsible for:

  • To own the sales volume forecast for specific planning groups under their control, taking input from Trading teams and Suppliers for new ranges, seasons and promotions.
  • To own and manage intake plans for specific planning groups within each category in line with budget expectations.
  • To influence sales & Margin forecast with Buyers.
  • To influence commercial decisions made with Buyers and the Presentation team
  • To manage inventory to agreed stock budgets and within OTB and to agreed Availability and stock Turn KPI’s
  • To develop and manage Assistant Merchandisers to ensure high performing      

Maternity cover for up to 12 months

Job Context

  • The Merchandising team play a pivotal role within the business, owning and generating accurate sales volume forecasts and intake plans for each Product Group, coordinating inputs from Buyers and Suppliers.
  • The role will work closely with the Trading team producing relevant information and analysis to help inform better commercial decisions.
  • The role will manage delivery of all Merchandising KPI’s
  • The role will manage regular and effective communications with suppliers.
  • The role will manage the planned and effective flow of product through the physical supply chain.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support and influence (with trading team / Buyer) company sales & Margin Budget / Forecast for specific planning groups.
  • Forecast all sales volume taking inputs from trading teams for promotions, new ranges and seasons.
  • Forecast and manage stock intake plans to deliver sales.
  • To hold regular consensus meetings with Buyers and external suppliers to review and update sales and intake plans
  • Influence range improvements as part of the range review process
  • To manage all aspects of Merchandising KPI’s (DC and Store Availability / stock investment / Forecast accuracy / stock turn / GMROI / DC capacity)
  • Recommend and manage Product Group OTB
  • Ensure range reviews are landed in store, on time and to plan
  • Work to ensure clean exits of promotional product
  • Work to ensure Obsolete and redundant stock targets are met
  • Manage regular supplier communications with regular meetings and forecasts
  • Help drive Multichannel improvements across specific planning groups
  • Self-development

Key Skills/Experience

  • Strongly commercial and numerate with a data and process driven approach.
  • Excellent analytical & problem-solving skills
  • Strong Excel and data handling skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Customer obsessed.
  • A team player with strong collaboration.
  • Experience of good cross – functional working.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of tenacity and drive & an ability to thrive in a fast – paced and pressurised environment.
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • A proven track record of high performance in merchandising roles.

Maternity cover for up to 12 months

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