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Job Title
Stock Merchandising Planner [12 Month Maternity Cover] (CS005915)
£21,000 - £24,000 (D.O.E.)
Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Start Date

42.5 Hours per week

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Our client, a fast growing technical distributor based on the outskirts of Marlow, is seeking a Stock Merchandising Planner (12 Month Maternity Cover) to drive the department and company performance by planning, managing and optimising stock, including markdown.

Duties of the role will include:

  • Being pivotal in driving the category strategy with the Category Manager, including planning, stock management, stock turn, markdown and profit
  • Managing ‘open-to-buy’ at category level using the WSSI and key line information
  • Range planning and markdown control and managing stock levels to keep within budgeted levels
  • Consistently managing the supply base, monitoring requirement and intake and working closely with suppliers to minimise lead times, creating flexibility and maximising availability
  • Flex ‘open-to-buy’ and ‘intake’ so as to maintain stock levels by category in line with weekly closing stock targets, as defined on the WSSI
  • Driving in stock availability and managing branch replenishment and stock profiles, achieving 95% availability for both the distribution centre and store on ‘V’ priority lines
  • Improving accuracy on both sales and intake forecasts
  • Reviewing and maintaining the order book to match intake forecasts
  • Maintaining stock at optimum levels via re-buys, intake phasing (Just in Time) and replenishment in stores
  • Assisting in developing range plans and providing analysis of range and product performance
  • Undertaking branch visits during the year to ensure awareness of the business, the market and the competition
Special Requirements / Additional Information: 
  • Proven strong retail background, ideally with an element of stock management or merchandising experience
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to deal with large amounts of ambiguous data
  • Advanced Excel skills and highly computer literate (essential)
  • The ability to work in a fast paced environment whilst retaining strong attention to detail
  • Strong influencing abilities, self-motivated, highly organised and with the ability to manage competing priorities and to deliver to tight deadlines
  • Flexible in approach to work flow and priorities and a driver of change when needed
  • A team player