Wholesale Merchandiser

Location: Hanger Lane

Hours of Work: 9.30-5.30

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Wholesale Merchandiser

 

With more than 60 years of history in the bag, ours is a brand with an impressive heritage. Style is well and truly in our blood. As well as UK and Ireland, we are represented globally through our stores in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia. Our e-commerce business is helping to set the trend globally, shipping to 125 countries whilst also growing our presence on the world’s leading digital fashion marketplaces. 

Our people make all the difference. Just as the River Island name pulls customers in off the high street and inspires them to buy online, our employer brand turns the heads of talented people, inspiring them to join, stay and grow with us.  

Exciting opportunity for a Junior Merchandiser or Merchandiser to join our Wholesale Team! Reporting to the Ecommerce Director, you will be responsible for the management of our Wholesale channel, the fastest growing channel of the business. We are now selling to third party websites in the UK, Scandinavia, SE Asia, Russia, Germany, India and Australia. 

 

Key responsibilities will include: 

  • Manage all wholesale accounts, building new and managing existing relationships
  • Manage key wholesale buying meetings across all divisions to ensure the River Island brand is strongly represented through a commercial and balanced range
  • Manage each partners OTB, driving their intake through product selection and highlighting areas of potential risk
  • Trade in season with each wholesale partner to ensure all departments are performing to optimum levels whilst driving sales for River Island
  • Walk all sites weekly to ensure all content and information is correct
  • Share wholesale and market information across all levels of the business, working closely with the Ecommerce and International teams, to ensure international requirements and opportunities are maximised
  • Monitor competitor activity within each market making recommendations to drive sales
  • Forecast sales across all partners by department and present reforecasts to Director on a monthly basis
  • Present monthly sales figures to CEO, feeding back market information and opportunities.
  • Focus on P&L reporting by period assessing gross margin and profit by partner
  • Complete seasonal and trading half SWOT analysis to form strategies for the next season
  • Attend top level strategy meetings with partners to discuss lessons learnt and future plans
  • Manage and develop Assistant Merchandisers, Senior Allocators and Allocators 

 

WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING… and we know exactly what experience we’re looking for!

  • Currently operating as a Junior Merchandiser or Merchandiser from a fashion background (either core or online merchandising)
  • Experience or knowledge of Wholesale would be beneficial
  • Strong commercial awareness with an interest in fashion and retail
  • Highly numerate and analytical with an emphasis on attention to detail
  • Effective communication skills across all business levels and ability to build strong relationships across multiple teams
  • Demonstrates resilience, and works well under pressure
  • A methodical/logical approach to work and the ability to prioritise effectively
  • Experience of managing, coaching and developing a team
  • Love the brand as much as we do!

IT NEVER GETS BORING…

If you are ambitious and love working in a busy environment where every day is new, then River Island is the place to be! As a business, we are committed to developing our talent and offer a fantastic training program to help you optimise your performance and support your career progression with the company.

Our working environment is busy, fast moving and responsive to our customers’ needs, much like our training which is unique to our business and reflective of our fun and refreshing brand and our people within it! Our River Academy offers ongoing training and development by running workshops throughout the year varying from courses focusing on softer skills to the more technical courses you may require to perform your duties.

 

WE LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER…and in doing so, we provide great benefits for our employees:                       

  • 50% Staff Discount
  • Pension Scheme
  • Interest Free Season Ticket Loan
  • Discounted on-site gym membership
  • Ride to work scheme
  • Staff Shop
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Free onsite parking
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