Senior Merchandiser - Kidswear

  • Job Reference: 620219317-2
  • Date Posted: 9 June 2022
  • Recruiter: Poundland
  • Location: Watford, Hertfordshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Retail & Consumer Products
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

About the opportunity...

We are recruiting for a Senior Merchandiser to join our Kidswear Merchandising team based at our Pep&Co Head Office in Watford.

A pivotal role within the business working closely with buying and design to build a commercial and affordable kidswear range for our customers

Reporting to the Head of Merchandising, you will be responsible for leading and motivating the team to ensure we have the right products in stores and ensure that stock targets and availability are managed effectively to deliver the company sales and budgets.

Our offices are five minutes walk from Watford train station and 20 minutes train journey from Euston train station. Still, we also offer a flexible working location, allowing you to work from home and the office.

What you'll be doing...

As a Senior Merchandiser, your day to day duties will include

Responsible for coaching, motivating and leading a team of Merchandiser in Kidswear

Working to deliver the planned sales and profitability of your department through effective planning and in-season trading

Control the overall product ranging strategy to ensure the product is selected in line with sales and margin targets.

Working closely with the buying team to maintain the department's seasonal range plans reflecting the planned category/supplier/option mix and open to buy (OTB) provision

Contributing to Marketing Activity Planning Calendar to ensure events are planned and executed. It will include working cross-functionally with colleagues in the wider business to deliver seasonal events in conjunction with other business units

Working closely with the buying, VM and retail teams to ensure that ranges are presented to their best in stores delivering products and promotions in line with the trading calendar

Analyse historical information through SWOT assessments, and lessons learnt presentations to develop sales and profit plans in line with business requirements

Developing and building strong relationships with suppliers

Supporting the Head of Merchandising with activities and initiatives across the wider business

What you'll need...

To be successful, you will need:

Previous Merchandising experience in clothing at either a Senior level or established Merchandiser looking to progress

Experience in planning and trading a department within Clothing

Extensive knowledge of the clothing buying cycle and critical path processes

Previous experience in managing and leading a team

Experience in presenting in meetings and to senior management

Ability to build great relationships with internal stakeholders and suppliers

Passionate about driving change that improves our planet and works towards our sustainability agenda

What we can offer...

Competitive salary

Potential to earn bonus

Onsite coffee lounge

Sample sales


About us...

Since opening our first store in Burton-upon-Trent in 1990, Poundland, has built a network of over 850 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, offering top brands and great quality own brand products that provide customers with amazing value every day!

Poundland offers thousands of quality products in store with over 1,000 well-known brands in 17 shopping categories including food and drink, health and beauty, household, gardening, DIY, pet, stationery, books, DVDs and toys. We are now on a journey from a single price to a simple price point retailer.

Now part of Pepco Group with over 2,500 stores across Europe, you will see Poundland also trades internationally in the Republic of Ireland through its Dealz brand. Dealz has a growing store base in both Poland and Spain.

Within the UK Poundland has also rolled out its fashion brand PEP&CO to approximately 300 of our larger stores. PEP&CO, launched in 2015 as a stand-alone brand, offers customers a full range of women's, men's and kids' fashion and is now bringing new style to Poundland with simple low pricing on family fashion that's hard to find on local high streets.

PEP&CO was also nominated in the 2019 Retail Week Awards as Private Label of The Year.

If this sounds like you and you can make a real difference, apply today