Merchandiser - Men's Brands

Job Type Buying and Merchandising Product Supply
Location London - Victoria
Partnership Level 8
Closing Date 01/12/2021
Vacancy Type Temporary
Salary £28,800.00 - £40,200.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 35


What’s the role about?

This is an exciting opportunity to join the John Lewis Merchandising team, specifically within the Menswear space.


As a Merchandiser, you will be utilising your analytical and commercial skills. You will plan and optimise the best range for customers. 


In this role you will be responsible for ensuring accurate forecasting of the assortment including sales, stock and profit on a seasonal basis for Menswear brands.  As well as inputting into weekly sales, intake and availability to identify and manage gaps between forecasts and trading actuals. 


You will take responsibility for the ‘open to buy’ of the category and the trading of the assortment in collaboration with your buyer. You will effectively work alongside stakeholders such as our central merchandising operations team and form great supplier relationships to ensure we are planning the most efficient stock flow throughout the category. 


What will you be doing?

In this role, you will be working closely with your buyer under guidance of your category lead to plan and optimise the best range for customers within your area: Through analysing commercial inputs and ensuring effective range planning and price architecture to deliver market leading assortments. 


Ensuring that we plan the most efficient stock flow throughout the category, maximising opportunities as they arise to potentialise the outcome for both customers and your category and ensure the delivery of agreed KPIs (including; sales, profit, stock, SKUs, availability, margin and risk management). Liaising with CPG Trading Operations to capitalise on commercial opportunities, controlling stock levels and managing delivery schedules within agreed targets whilst delivering KPIs.


You will be accountable for: Inputting Weekly Sales Stock Intake (WSSI), Accurately planning and forecasting sales, stock, profit and SKUs for the Category Lead and Trade Planning team. With support from your Category Lead, you will also be accountable for forecasting assortment sales, margin KPIs, deciding Open to Buy parameters that meet commercial and customer targets. Ensuring the commercial success of the product range through effective range planning and agile in-season trading, using analysis and reporting from Product Operations. 


You will form strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to manage the flow of stock and control availability; ensuring strong availability whilst minimising inventory and supply chain costs. In a fast-paced and agile working environment, you will work collaboratively with stakeholders such as Buyers, Category Leads, Heads of Merchandising, Supply Chain, Trade Planning, Sourcing, Trading Operations team and Design and Product teams.


Pay Range:

£28,800.00 - £40,200.00 Annual

Please note: This position is a 12-month Fixed Term Contract

Internal Partners only: if you would like a copy of the job outline, please contact Harriet Stuart. 

What you'll have

  • Proven experience in Forecasting & Planning

  • Experience in managing Weekly Sales Stock Intake levels

  • Strong stakeholder management skills at various levels

What else could you bring?

  • Category specific experience - working with menswear brands

Please note: 

  • As a business we encourage flexible working. We have a number of different ways to work flexibly, so at your interview feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, examples of how our Partners already work flexibly include part-time, job share, home working and compressed hours

  • We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend you apply early.


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 visit this site - We have a number of different ways to work flexibly so, at your interview, feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, it may open the door to not only a new role but a new way of working.

Attachment: Merchandiser - L8 (2).pdf 


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