What's the role about?
We’ve created a Partnership Plan which is designed to build a growing and sustainable Partnership in a very dynamic set of markets, some existing and some new. For Merchandising Operations it is critically important time to invest in the future of the Partnership’s Food and Grocery business, delivering significant customer benefits through improved availability, financial benefits through reduced wastage and reduced stockholding, operational benefits through increased efficiency, and Partner benefits through improved stock management processes.
As part of the Merchandising Operations team you will be focused on creating demand forecasts at item-location level. These demand forecasts are the foundation for all end to end supply chain planning, stock ordering and replenishment activity, and are critical in ensuring the successful delivery of the Operational and Trading plans. Forecasting activity is strongly linked to customer strategy, customer planning, and trade planning, and directly feeds into the planning activity in Merchandising.
We have an exciting opportunity for you to join us as a Forecasting Analyst, Food and Grocery Merchandising on a 9 month fixed term, 12 month fixed term or Permanent basis.
What will you be doing?
Analysing complex data sets using data mining tools to predict outcomes by finding anomalies, patterns and correlations within large data sets.
Taking decisive action in response to changes in trading conditions, using data, judgement and knowledge of the category, to optimise outcomes.
Create forecasting models and optimise demand forecasts for events; national and local (e.g. Christmas and Wimbledon).
Influencing and optimising planning decisions within the Category Proposition Group by providing insight, analysis and direction, for example through scenario modelling.
Proactively engaging with stakeholders to ensure detailed knowledge of upcoming new shops, shop closures and refurbishment activity are incorporated into optimised forecasts.
Translating data and technical insight into language which can be understood and actioned by stakeholders.
What you’ll have?
Forecasting experience using large data sets; knowledge of SAS or similar forecasting systems.
You will have proven experience in using data for analysis and decision making.
What else could you bring?
A passion for continuous improvement, results orientated.
A strong customer focus, commercially aware.
A team player and good communicator across different organisational levels.
Agile, flexible and resilient in approach.
Why join us?
Being a Partner in the business makes you more than an employee, you’re a co-owner, giving you the opportunity to influence the way we work for the better. All of us have shared values and common goals and we work as a team to achieve these. As a part of our Merchandising team, you’ll always have the support of our supportive team, giving you the opportunity to develop and stretch personally and professionally to achieve your potential.
We also understand the importance of a healthy work-life balance and reward our Partners for their contribution to the business through a vast range of benefits.
As a Partner and after completion of your 3-month Earning Membership period, you’ll be entitled to;
20% Discount at Waitrose & Partners on majority of goods
25% Discount at John Lewis & Partners on majority of goods
12% Discount at john Lewis & Partners on electrical & white goods
Defined contribution pension scheme and Life Assurance (4x annual salary)
25 days paid holiday per year, when you work 5 days per week
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Blended approach of working from home and in the office
Discounted holidays at our exclusive Partnerships hotels
VIP suites with discounted tickets at the O2 arena
Generous discounts at numerous restaurants and bars
Exclusive days out for Partners and their families
Creating a culture of diversity and inclusion
The Partnership supports agile and flexible working practices, such as when, where and how we work. We have several different ways to work flexibly, including part-time, flexible or compressed hours, and job sharing. Head office areas also support a blended working approach. You'll have the opportunity to discuss this further with the hiring manager during your interview and, where it is operationally practicable, they'll do all they can to accommodate your needs.
We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership click here. https://www.jlpjobs.com/about/diversityandinclusion/
We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership click here - https://www.jlpjobs.com/about/diversityandinclusion/