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The purpose of this role is to work closely with the Buying team to accurately forecast trends, plan stock levels and continuously monitor performance to ensure maximum stock availability and sales whilst keeping stock levels within company parameters. 

Key Duties / Responsibilities
• Be accountable for planning product ranges and preparing sales and stock plans for new launches and gift sets, in conjunction with the Buying team
• Liaise with the Buying team and agree budget spend, lines and quantities for all new launches
• Plan promotions with the Buying team and markdowns as necessary, ensuring you monitor and report on the effectiveness of promotions
• Ensure you forecast weekly sales and stock at house/line level using the planning system and manage the open to buy
• Be responsible for producing line sales and stock forecasts for key lines in a timely manner 
• Plan budgets and present sales forecasts and figures for new launches
• Control stock levels within company parameters
• Manage the slow moving stock budget 
• Responsible for ensuring the order quantities for continuity lines are accurate, providing sign off to the Assistant Merchandisers on a weekly basis
• Analyse every aspect of the best and worst sellers, ensuring that best seller sales are fully maximised whilst monitoring slow sellers and agreeing the appropriate action with the relevant Buyer to reduce prices or set promotions as necessary

• Analyse the sales from previous seasons, and report on the current season lines in an accurate and timely manner 
• Provide monthly sales reports to suppliers
• Liaise with suppliers to plan gift set intake in line with company budgets
• Continually liaise with Buyers, suppliers, distributors, Branch Merchandisers and Logistics
• Accompany Buyers on visits to suppliers as required

People Management
• Provide day to day support to the Assistant Merchandisers
• Responsible for the training, coaching and development of the Assistant Merchandiser
• Take ownership for conducting regular one to one meetings and appraisals in a timely manner for your team, setting clear and achievable (SMART) objectives and ensuring development plans are in place if appropriate 
• Act as a lead example to drive engagement, ensuring a high level of service is offered within the business at all times

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


Essentials 
Experience 

• Proven experience of having worked as a Merchandiser
• Previous experience of having worked in the retail industry 

Knowledge 
• Demonstrable knowledge of the current trading environment with a strong passion for the retail industry 

Skills 
• Proven ability to manage stock and sales budgets 
• Competent in Excel and other MS office functions (Word and PowerPoint)
• Strong communication skills both written and verbal with the ability to build and maintain working relationships
• Strong prioritisation, organisational and time management skills with the ability to multi-task 
• Strong problem solving skills with the ability to identify accurate solutions in a timely manner
• A key eye for detail
• Strong numeracy and analysis skills 

Desirable
Experience 

• Experience of having worked with brands is highly desirable
• Previous experience in a Line Manager or Supervisory role 

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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