Merchandising Assistant - Various Departments based at John Lewis Head Office

Job Type Merchandising
Region London
Location Victoria
Preferred Hours Full Time
Partnership Level
09
Closing Date 20/10/2018
Vacancy Type
Permanent
Salary £20,500 - £26,700
Salary Frequency per annum
Hours of Work
Monday to Friday
35 hours per week
*09:00 - 17:30
*Flexibility with earlier start times i.e. 7.30am on a Monday may be required in some offices.

Permanent and Secondment opportunities are avaliable.

PLEASE NOTE:
If your application is successful you will need to be available to attend an assessment centre on Thursday 25th October 2018 between 12:00-15:00.

Duties & Responsibilities


Why would you want to join the John Lewis Partnership as a Merchandising Assistant?

We're different.

We are innovative, unique and exciting. As a Partnership, we are a co-owned business with over 150 years of heritage and more than 85,500 proud Partners, all sharing the benefits ( Click here ) of this highly distinctive and market leading organisation.

How is the Partnership made up?

35 department stores. 12 John Lewis at home stores. 350,000 product lines in-store and 250,000 lines available online. Running a business like John Lewis is no mean feat, but every single one of our Partners rises to the challenge on a daily basis to make sure we deliver. We do it because we're proud of what we collectively achieve - whether we are in-store or working at our Head Office based in Victoria, London.

Why Merchandising?

Our huge range of products doesn't just need to excite and inspire customers, it must also be profitable. That's where our commercially focused Merchandising team come in. It's their challenge to manage stock in order to hit financial targets such as sales, profit and stock turn and to make sure the stock is in the right place at the right time.

Job Requirements


What would I be doing as a Merchandising Assistant?

Your journey into Merchandising will start at an entry-level position as a Merchandising Assistant. From day one you will be supporting the management of over £250,000 of stock a week, across a wide range of products and suppliers. You will be supported by training and development that will help you grow in your role, at a pace that suits you. In this fast-paced environment, you may be moved to different offices to gain the broadest experience possible.

From reports and data, you will be expected to identify any opportunities for sales and any risks to stock and profits. You may be called upon to negotiate with suppliers to get more stock of great selling products or to negotiate out of stock commitments on poor selling lines to reduce any risk to our profits.

What will I need to succeed as a Merchandising Assistant for John Lewis?

You will be:
• An excellent team worker
• A great communicator
• Thrive in a deadline driven, fast-paced environment
• Hold strong analytical ability and planning skills
• Have capacity to work well to targets

Please note the following:

- This role is subject to the following pre-employment screening: 2 year reference check
- We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend you apply early.
- It is advisable to carefully consider your answers to each of the 3 questions that are asked as part of the last section in the application form. Tailoring your answers to highlight your relevance to the role in question may help you to secure an interview.

Required essential experience skills and qualifications

• Maths GCSE or equivalent Grade C or above
• An affinity with numbers and a passion for trading
• Accuracy and good attention to detail
• Ability to prioritise effectively and work well under pressure
• Enjoy working with a variety of people across the business
• Strong commercial awareness about John Lewis Partnership and the wider retail industry
• Strong excel skills would be an advantage

Required desirable experience skills and qualifications

As above.

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