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Junior Merchandiser

Merchandising is all about getting the right stock in the right stores at the right times. We make sure Sainsbury’s customers everywhere have the best opportunity to discover products they can fall in love with. This Junior Merchandiser vacancy is working within our Tabletop category.

We’ll rely on you to plan and deliver product ranges and agreed stock parameters to Sainsbury’s stores and Online 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.

Along the way, you’ll work with a whole range of people - from our Warehousing, Store and Buying teams, to our suppliers (some of which are in the far east). They’ll rely on you to answer their queries and provide the information that helps them make the right decisions – for our customers.

What you need to do

Work with the Buying, Design and Technical teams to set department strategy and then plan balanced and commercial ranges.
Work with the Buyer in the creation of the seasonal plan and strategy for sales, stock, intake margin and markdown within agreed parameters to ensure departmental profitability targets are achieved.
To review forecasts to ensure sales, stock holding, margin and availability is optimised.
Ensure on-time range launches through delivery of merchandising milestones within the critical path, ensuring any issues relating to the delivery of the review are resolved through liaising with suppliers and stakeholders.
Control the planning of options into stores within planned space with Buying, and Range planning to deliver customer choice and maximise trade intensity.
Work with the Junior Buyer in managing the supplier base to maximise availability, supplier and depot service in line with agreed KPIs and timelines.
Work with the buying team to review weekly trading performance on KPIs and to identify any issues and opportunities to respond to weekly trading conditions.
Accountable for planning & prioritisation of stock flow into the business throughout the product life cycle, using all available merchandising and logistics tools to meet availability requirements and targets.
To liaise with SRT and central merchandising team ensuring the replenishment and allocation of stock maintains in branch stock levels to optimise availability, sales and minimise markdown.
To monitor margin performance to ensure departmental profitability targets are achieved.
Conduct regular store visits and build relationships with the retail team, gaining a commercial awareness of competitor position & activity.
Accountable for purchase order approval within corporate Non-food limits.
Ensure team activity is legal and compliant, and that any team members are trained to understand their obligations under competition law and ethical training
To act as a coach by managing the Assistant Merchandiser / Merchandise Admin Assistant, regularly assessing individuals’ performance and giving feedback where appropriate.

What you need to know

Understanding of commercial issues, previous Merchandising experience required preferably within a Non-food Omni-channel retail environment.
Technical knowledge of merchandising & planning systems.
Ability to deliver results to target as an individual and within a team.
Ability to work under pressure in a fast-moving dynamic retail environment.
Confidence to influence and engage, building relationships with key stakeholders.
Effective communicator, presenter, and team player.
Product, market and customer knowledge.


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