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The purpose of this role is to support the Merchandising team by providing forecasting, insight and analysis. 

Key Duties / Responsibilities

• Be responsible for optimizing the sales forecast accuracy to include by SKU, DC lead time, promotions and top selling product 
• Forecast and regularly communicate the latest store replenishment plans to the Logistics and Store Operations team, ensuring you measure the accuracy of stores and ecommerce forecasts
• Forecast and report on store level capacity, escalating where necessary to the Head of Merchandising 
• Analyse stock availability and make recommendations to the Merchandising Manager to ensure we consistently achieve 99%+ stock availability
• Analyse ecommerce availability and make recommendations to the Merchandising Manager to ensure we consistently achieve 99%+ stock availability
• Analyse trading patterns, particularly for peak periods, so that our products are available in the right stores at the right time
• Analyse promotional uplift forecast accuracy and identify actions and opportunities to improve
• Identify the root cause of slow-moving stock and make recommendations for improvements to the wider Merchandising team in a timely manner
• Review KPIs by Merchandiser and Supplier and highlight any issues to the wider Merchandising team 
• Identify and implement opportunities for driving sales and profit within our top stores, new stores and loss-making stores
• Forecast seasonal stock builds, and track store stock at SKU level, providing feedback to the core Merchandising team
• Work with the Branch Merchandiser to support the business segmentation strategy with relevant analysis
• Develop reporting requirements for the Merchandising and wider Supply Chain teams

The above list is non-exhaustive and additional duties may be required

Essentials 
Experience 

• Experience of analysing and interpreting data 
• Previous experience of using Business Objects
• Experience with store allocation systems and control parameters

Knowledge 
• An understanding of store allocation processes and procedures
• A good understanding of stock replenishment techniques to deliver high stock availability 
• Good knowledge of promotional activity and the drivers to manage efficient promotional stock replenishment 
• Commercial awareness within the retail space and an understanding of the challenges faced by stores

Skills 
• Proficient in using Business Objects 
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
• A strong understanding of forecasting techniques, to include development of profiles and disaggregation methods
• Excellent communication skills with the ability to build and maintain working relationships at all levels
• Strong prioritisation, organisational and time management skills with the ability to multi-task 






 

A little bit about us

The Perfume Shop has c.260 stores in the UK and Ireland and has been trading since 1992. Our parent company A.S Watson, which acquired us in 2005, is the largest Health and Beauty Retailer in Europe and Asia.

We are one of the UKs top fragrance retailers, and our vision is simply to be the customers first choice for fragrance purchases on the high street and online. We are best known as an employer for being placed successively in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work list from 2012 to 2015. For more information about working at The Perfume Shop visit www.theperfumeshopjobs.com.

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Location

Cypress House,Coronation Road,Cressex Business Park,HIGH WYCOMBE,HP12 3SU

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