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Assistant Space Planner and Visual Merchandiser

MAIN PURPOSE

Produce detailed planograms for all store formats in line with corporate strategy – promotional and permanent displays as appropriate

Be aware of developments in the marketplace both in terms of merchandising and display development

Ensure that all project administration is completed to required timescales and quality

Manage activities and prioritise workload in line with Space Planning sales floor planner and critical path

Ensure that all relevant stakeholders are consulted and engaged in the Space Planning process to achieve display sign off

KEY RESULT AREAS

Produce detailed planograms and merchandising guidelines to communicate to stores

Co-ordinate and liaise with Commercial & Supply team/Operations/CRT/POS to agree product/category focus, check stock quantities and required supporting POS

Compile product nominations, challenge where required to ensure they meet the brief, and provide with layout plan to the Mock Shop manager

Work with Operations to check feasibility of display proposals in store if outside BAU

In conjunction with the Mock Shop Manager, build and photograph displays in the mock shop to ensure that they will work operationally, achieve sign off and use photos for the implementation pack

Design, develop and produce store implementation packs to the standard template

Co-ordinate with Marketing Support to ensure that all planograms and relating material are sent to them in the correct format and in a timely manner

To work with and develop space planning processes and tools required to improve the efficiency of the department

Using the database, generate store lists to ensure the correct stores receive the correct planograms and equipment

Provide cross functional support to the Design and Development team, providing space management expertise when required

Complete all project administration correctly and to required timescales

Project manage initiatives for store display/ad-hoc display projects relating to promotional and seasonal displays

Use analysis of projects to ensure the layouts make best use of space

Develop, trial and implement new concepts in retail display

DIMENSIONS (FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY)

Responsible for ensuring display requirements are achievable within the POS / Display budget

Indirectly responsible for store sales performance

DIMENSIONS (BREADTH OF ROLE AND IMPACT WITHIN THE ORGANISATION)

The Space Planner will be required to manage tactical level thinking and planning to deliver a strong operational execution which places the customer at the forefront of decisions

Ability to influence required across the Argos business, particularly within Commercial / Supply – able to network and build support in order to seek resolutions quickly and efficiently

Responsible for delivering BAU displays across all formats

DIMENSIONS (STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT)

Individual will be required to comfortably interact at a D1 level and represent both the Product Marketing department and Marketing function as a whole

Key contacts include: Commercial Team D1s, MMs, CRT

Person Specification

Competent use of Microsoft Office programs - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook

Good analytical skills

Good planning, organising and time/ project management skills

Good communication skills both written and verbal

Experience and understanding of space planning principles

Knowledge of key operations / marketing activities (retail in general)

Knowledge of procedures in store

Detailed knowledge of SpaceMan, Apollo or JDA and Visio or CAD software

Digital photography manipulation using Photoshop

Use of Micro and Macro space planning systems

Make winning decisions….with insightful thinking and clear direction

For example the ability to: create and give direction; be focussed and knowledgeable about our customer and the market; think independently and challenge the status quo; planning and organisational skills needed for the role

Visual Merchandising skills - knows what good looks like and can communicate clearly

Ability to work independently and also as part of a high performing team and department

Strong Customer focus

Considers the impact of displays on customers and store colleagues – highlighting areas of risk and opportunities to simplify implementation whilst maintain display standards

Visually creative with innovative space planning techniques

Able to offer Visual Merchandising solutions and recommendations

Deliver results….through ownership, drive and resilience

For example the ability to: Deliver at the pace required; degree of tenacity, resilience, focus and personal ownership required to meet typical role challenges; ability to work with risk and ambiguity

Strong commercial acumen

Strong attention to detail & completer / finisher

Able to multi task

Able to prioritise and communicate clearly the impact of any new initiatives on BAU workload

Confident and able to raise the flag

Must be prepared to travel for store visits

Understands what’s ‘enough’ to deliver Right First Time

Achieve through people….by stretching performance and realising potential

For example: setting high standards for themselves and others; developing others providing honest feedback in a positive way; trusting others to deliver & providing support when needed

Able to critique own performance and identify areas of improvement

Provide appropriate feedback to colleagues and store teams

Supports team when required – not waiting to be asked

Provides clear brief for tasks / requirements to others and ensures this is fully understood with deliverable timescales

Lead with passion….and bring others with us

For example the ability to: inspire others; engage others to support them; be self aware and respond positively to challenge ; be credible and have integrity; to be able to engage with different audiences and adapt their style accordingly; to appreciate others efforts and celebrate their successes

Aware of own influencing style and the impact this has on others

Able to flex own influencing style in order to overcome objections and achieve win-win outcome

Confident presenting to peers

Integral member of the immediate team

Aware of challenges / issues / successes of the whole team, providing support where required

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