Assistant Merchandiser - Toys

Store Support Centre - Coventry Ansty Park

Competitive Plus Benefits

Permanent - Full Time

30 April 2017

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Assistant Merchandiser - Toys

In a nutshell

To support the Merchandiser in the delivery of product ranges and agreed stock parameters in order to successfully achieve sales, profit, margin and stock targets in an Omni-channel retail operation through the Merchandising of a department or product category.

What I need to do

  • Assist the Merchandiser in implementing all aspects of the department strategy to deliver all KPIs including sales and profit targets.
    • With support of Junior Merchandiser/Merchandiser, work with the buying team to review weekly trading performance on KPIs and to identify any issues and opportunities, prepare relevant analysis as required by the Junior Merchandiser/Merchandiser 
    • Prepare forecasts to ensure sales, stock holding, margin and availability is optimised.
    • Understanding and use of the WSSI in the management of intake and the stock position
    • Responsible for maintaining accurate records of commitment in order to provide stock intake and output forecasts
    • Identify and action markdown requirements for the department with guidance from the Merchandiser
    • Work with the Store Replenishment Assistant to plan initial allocations & launch builds & ensure that stock & availability targets are met
    • Complete attribute analysis to support the Merchandiser in planning process
    • Monitor and update item line flows/line cards and recommend actions to Merchandiser to maximise sales opportunity and minimise risk.
    • Assist Merchandiser/ Junior Merchandiser to ensure on-time delivery through supporting the achievement of merchandising milestones within the critical path, ensuring any issues are resolved or raised where appropriate. 
    • Work closely with buying and technology to plan and manage regular progress meetings, both internally and also with external suppliers, to ensure adherence to the agreed critical path
    • Oversee timely delivery of stock into the warehouse, to maximise availability in line with agreed KPI’s and timelines
    • Responsible for order authorisation in line with agreed parameters.
    • Demonstrate high levels of process compliance and data integrity.
    • Provide great customer service to store colleagues through speedy resolution of queries
    • Coach the Merchandising Admin Assistant on the department
    • Conduct regular store visits to develop a commercial awareness of Sainsbury’s product ranges, stores and competitors
    • Ensure team activity is legal and compliant, and ensure trained to understand my obligations under competition law and ethical training

How I will succeed

  • Contribution to delivery of department’s objectives and commercial targets measured through KPIs 
    • Stock levels appropriate to season and trading environment (forecasting accuracy)
    • Delivers great service to stakeholders, with positive feedback 
    • High data integrity 
    • Tasks delivered in timely manner to achieve critical path / On-time launch position achieved
    • Demonstrates the Sainsbury’s values 
    • Appropriate analysis available to the Merchandiser in line with the Buying & Merchandising Calendar
    • Works effectively with SRT team

What I need to know

  • Interest in commercial issues, previous Merchandising experience preferred 
    • Demonstrable knowledge of business principles, Sainsbury’s values 
    • Good at building positive relationships and team working 
    • Strong analytical & numerical skills 
    • Good written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to coach junior members of staff, particularly with business processes, tools and systems
    • Excellent admin and organisational ability
    • Systems knowledge especially Excel and MS office.

What I need to show

  • Continuous improvement in the role, and a desire to develop
    • Ensures that customers are at the heart of all decisions taken.
    • Accuracy and attention to detail related to process and systems 
    • Takes accountability to ensure that own and team targets are met.
    • Positive approach to building relationships with stakeholders, and wants to deliver great service
    • Identifies problems and makes suggestions for improvements 
    • Takes every opportunity to communicate relevant information 
    • Open to trying new ideas or ways of doing things
    • Minimises cost and maximises profit.

Resources available to me

  • Business planning, SRT and Central Merchandising, Trading Support team, Pricing & promotions analyst, Space team, Marketing team, Finance team, Retail team.
    • Customer Insights
    • Merchandise Planning System, Retek, RDW, Crystal Reporting, Excel, Buyers Workbench (where applicable) 
    • Relevant training

What decisions can I make

  • Input into forecast and reforecast at category, subcategory or SKU in line with trading performance for current and future seasons
    • Input into open and when to buy to deliver key performance indicators and optimise trading performance
    • Present recommendations on range, planograms, pricing, promotional activity, Supplier selection & de-listing
    • Input on departmental processes and team meetings
    • Follow through of tasks and resolution to issues


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