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Junior Merchandiser - Branded Fashion

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About the team.

I have a fantastic 12 month FTC for a Junior Merchandiser working in our menswear branded fashion team. This role is now available due to an internal move and can be based in either Liverpool or London.

This is a fairly large team where you will work alongside one other JM to deliver the Category's KPI's and performance. As a Junior Merchandiser you will have Merchandise Assistants and Assistant Merchandisers as direct reports. You will be key in supporting the AM's and MA's development. The Menswear buying team are based in London, so we are accepting applicants who are in London also.

You will get a lot of exposure and support from senior internal stakeholders. You will have regular communication directly with the Senior Merchandiser and Merchandise Manager.


About the role.

We are looking for an experienced Junior Merchandiser or an experienced Assistant Merchandiser who is ready to step up to work in our Head Office, in Speke, Liverpool.

You will be supporting one of our biggest departments in the merchandising team. Alongside working with our biggest partner brands, you will have the full ownership and management of the product category, taking full accountability from strategy, to range planning, and then through to trading performance.

You will play a big part in supporting the Senior Merchandiser, leading and developing a team of Assistant Merchandisers and Merchandising Assistants in order to meet current and future KPI's. You will own and manage relationships with key suppliers and huge brand names.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for negotiating, planning and delivering departmental KPI's. Working with the buying team to ensure adequate tracking and controls are in place to meet budget and targets.
  • Develop strong supplier relationships, commercially planning trading opportunities through profitability modelling. Represent the business in key strategic meetings with suppliers and brands.
  • Communicate with senior management teams and across departments the strategy for their ranges, trading plans and execution
  • Assist in the management and day to day running of the department, managing priorities and workload of the team.
  • Demonstrate agility in terms of budget planning and remixing in-season; ensuring that we remain focused on bringing in the stock we truly require.
  • Coordinate cross-category roll-ups in order to present back concisely to senior management.
  • Deputise for the Merchandiser/Senior merchandiser as and when required
  • Ability to create and manage commercial plans through WSSI, ensuring opportunities and risks are identified and planned for, creating forecasts and intake requirements
  • Line management responsibility for one or multiple merchandising assistants/assistant merchandisers.


Our benefits.

  • £1000 Flexible benefits allowance
  • 30 days holiday + bank holidays + option to buy or sell 5
  • A flexible working culture
  • Mental health awareness training programme
  • Onsite gym with over 25 classes
  • Up to 25% staff across the categories
  • Health and wellbeing agenda
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Private pension matched at 6%
  • Bonus potential (performance and business related)
  • On-site discounted restaurant and coffee houses
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free on-site parking *Subject to availability and postcode eligibility


How to apply.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is passionate about branded fashion looking for their next career move. If you're interested to find out more, please contact Kieran Grundy in the talent acquisition team at The Very Group or apply online.

Please note that the talent acquisition team are managing this vacancy directly, and if successful in securing this role, you may be required to undertake a credit, CIFAS and CRB check.

If you’re a current employee of The Very Group, please apply via Talent Online as an internal applicant.

We're an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


About us.

Hey, we’re The Very Group. Home of Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.com, and a team of 4,500 super-talented people.

We’ve been reinventing shopping experiences for over a century. Technology has played a huge part in that, helping us transition from catalogues’ to pureplay online retail, but we’re not the finished article.

As the UK's largest integrated online retailer and financial services provider, we have a pretty unique position across three huge industries (tech, credit, retail) and our ambition is bold, to build the number one shopping destination for shoppers who value credit anywhere online.

But we believe with our passion and track record for reinvention, we can improve how the world pays and shops for the things they love.

Want to join the reinvention? Apply now...

Requirements

  • Well established experience of operating as a Junior Merchandiser or an experienced Assistant Merchandiser as a minimum
  • Previous experience of branded menswear fashion would be desirable
  • Graduate level or with relevant degree / higher education
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a fast paced environment
  • Champions what is right for the business, team and customer
  • The ability to support and engage a high performing team, being able to develop the team
  • Solutions and delivery focused
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills
  • Logical approach to thinking of innovative solutions
  • Ability to work on a variety of systems cohesively
  • Strong organisational, analytical and communication skills

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