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 Toys Category with over 1000 skus across the category. Its fast moving with a good mix of branded and own label products.
We’ll rely on you to prepare forecasts, update delivery schedules, and ensure orders are generated accurately. You’ll analyse customer profiling, so we can understand who is buying what, and what that means. And you’ll look at market data, so we can appreciate how we’re doing versus the competition. What’s more, as you grow we’ll give you the chance to become a champion of our online business, and play an important part in growing our business on the web.
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 - from how much stock to buy, to where it should be sent.
What I need to do
With guidance from Merchandiser/ Merchandise Manager, 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
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
With guidance from Merchandiser/ Merchandise Manager, 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 act as a coach by managing the Assistant Merchandiser / Merchandise Admin Assistant, regularly assessing individuals’ performance and giving feedback where appropriate
What I need to know
Previous Merchandising experience required at a Junior merchandiser level
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
Experience managing a small team
Effective communicator, presenter and team player
Product, market and customer knowledge
At Sainsbury’s Argos, it’s our aim to become the digital market leader in choice, value and convenience. Since Argos became part of the Sainsbury’s group in September 2016 forming Sainsbury’s Argos we are now one of the largest General Merchandise and Clothing businesses in the UK with over 90,000 products across 2200 stores.
To help grow the General Merchandise and Clothing parts of our business our Commercial teams based in Ansty Park, Coventry and Milton Keynes have never been more important. They’re the people who ultimately source and provide the customers the products they want when they want them - ensuring we place our customers at the heart of everything we do.
Together we have a great opportunity to build a brilliant future and do a fantastic job for all our customers and you have the opportunity to help support this as you grow your career with us.