Assistant Merchandiser

Job Summary:

We are seeking an experienced Assistant Merchandiser to join the Disney Stores Head Office on a 12 month fixed term contract basis. You will assist the Merchandiser in planning, controlling and monitoring the purchase, intake and ranging of merchandise, in order to maximise sales and MMU (Maintained Mark-up) in the assigned departments.

At The Disney Store, we are famous for creating unforgettable and truly magical shopping experiences for all ages. With our high-quality merchandise and guest experience we support some of the most popular film franchises in the world from new additions such as Marvel and Star Wars to Disney Classics like Princesses and Tinker Bell.

Interviews taking place on the weeks of 20th August and 27th August. So apply as soon as possible to be considered.

Responsibilities

Planning

  • Assist the Merchandiser in developing a departmental strategy in conjunction with the Global Strategy Team which delivers balanced,well constructed ranges (franchise, price, product, seasonality, market) offering real choice to the guests in line with overall business strategy.
  • Plan forward seasons using a range planning tools, taking into account promotional planning, space available/cube and franchise focus.
  • When fully trained and with guidance from your Merchandiser, be responsible for planning and trading an area of the department.
  • Ensure staging pack, matrix, range plan and layouts tie for each quarter start
  • Manage franchise set with buying team and VM
  • Manage all elements of the hit planner, inc APP planning, in conjunction with the Merchandiser
  • Work with the AB / Buyer to plan Vendor strategy,maximising flexibility
  • Plan promotional strategy including sales and stocks and liaise with the distribution team about the allocation plan

Trading

  • Maintain and manage the delivery schedule
  • Ensure all promotional activity is set up accurately on the system and goes live at the correct time in all markets, including Online. Action timely and effective communication to all stakeholders, including the distribution team.
  • Action accurate and timely communications to stores through regular and effective communication with Retail Ops and VizMiz.
  • Ensure the team are aware of POS limitations in different markets regarding messages, price establishment and cost price and this is reflected in promotional events.
  • Have a clear understanding of how the allocation system works.
  • Make sure all range plans and line details are accurate and up to date for the distribution Team to use.
  • As appropriate visit stores and the EDC with Merchandiser/other team members to understand Operational issues.
  • Proactively instigate ad hoc analysis as required, interpret results and recommend actions, in addition to ensuring regular reporting is accurate and consistent.
  • Awareness of current business priorities, building changes into department plans

Manage Self and Teamwork

  • Supervise and be responsible for the training and development of MAs ensuring regular objectives are set and reviewed and feedback given.
  • Responsible for driving professional excellence through discussions with Line Manager and using opportunities for training and personal development
  • Actively seek ways to raise profile through project involvement or process development.
  • Demonstrate and awareness of others, offer support, share knowledge and be a team player
  • Responsible for driving professional excellence through discussions with Line Manager and using opportunities for training and personal development
Basic Qualifications:
  • Proven experience as a MA/Allocator/Distributor within an omni-channel retailer, essential
  • Previous experience at AM level, desirable
  • Experience of participating in range construction, desirable
  • Business related qualification, desirable
  • Experience of overseeing the performance of other team members, desirable
  • Demonstrable experience of working in teams and building effective relationships
  • Highly numerate
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to persuade and influence
  • Proven ability building effective relationships
  • Commercial acumen
  • Influencing skills with the ability to achieve buy-in at all levels
Additional Information:

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to continue to build on their skills whilst gaining experience of working in a fast paced multi-channel Retail operation. At The Disney Store, we can offer you an abundance of wonderful experiences and a chance to excel in a great working environment. If you possess the capabilities and think you have what it takes to come and work for us, apply now.

All of our London based roles require you to have the existing right to work in the UK.

About Disney Store:

Disney store, which debuted in 1987, carries high-quality products, including exclusive product lines that support and promote Disney’s key entertainment initiatives and characters from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel. shopDisney.com is the ecommerce destination for guests of all ages, offering a curated selection of the best product from Disney store, Disney Consumer Products licensees, global collections and collaborations, and Disney Parks and Resorts, including trend fashion and accessories, toys, home and collectibles. Disney store and shopDisney offer magical shopping experiences that can only be delivered by Disney, one of the world’s largest and most successful entertainment companies. There are currently more than 240 Disney store locations in North America; more than 40 Disney store locations in Japan; two locations in Shanghai, China including a flagship; and more than 70 Disney store locations in Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Required skills

  • Merchandise
  • Retail
  • Consumer Products

Reference: 35880045

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