In addition to a competitive salary the benefits shown below are typically offered for a job at this level. The exact benefits an individual is entitled to will vary depending on their competency level and/or contract type, therefore some or all of the benefits may not apply.
Summary of Role
To support & assist the Merchandise Team, whilst developing the necessary skills and knowledge to develop a career within Merchandising.
Develop an awareness and understanding of the Buying process, attending Range Building and Selection meetings where required.
Accurately update the key Merchandising systems, ensuring each item has been classified correctly.
Analyse both current and historical data to assist in the planning process.
Develop and maintain a good working relationship with suppliers in order to ensure service and support.
Analyse previous sales history to determine future size ratios, send out supplier enquiries, agree delivery dates and raise the purchase contract.
Attend and assist in supplier visits, discuss business levels and plan monthly production reservations.
Be involved in negotiating garment lead times.
Progressing The Range:
Attend and assist in Progress meetings to ensure that any potential problems are dealt with promptly and effectively in order that all key dates are met and keep the Merchandiser informed on any actions taken. Particular attention is needed to ensure the cut and production dates are kept to, maintaining the delivery date.
Liaise with our supplier base, ensuring that the stock is booked into the warehouse and delivered on time to meet the launch dates.
Communicate any issues to the Merchandiser, proposing and agreeing solutions and where necessary and taking required action.
Manage the Mock Shop requirements, with close liaison with suppliers, ensuring that samples are ordered to achieve the photo-shoot dates.
In Season Control:
Review weekly sales in retail, ensuring that sales are re-forecasted to meet customer demands, placing further orders as and where required.
Identify poor performance lines and cancel surplus stock as necessary.
Management of stock across retail and directory, ensuring that both retail sales and directly service level are maximised.
Numerical/ analytical skills (to be developed).
Strong communication skills.
Computer literate inc MS Office particularly Excel.
Highly proficient analysing and interpreting numerical data.
Genuine interest in fashion.
You know Next, but did you know we’re a FTSE-100 retail company employing over 40,000 people across the UK and Eire. We’re the UK’s 2nd largest fashion and Homewares retailer and for Kidswear we’re the market leader. At the last count we have over 550 stores, plus the Next Directory and it’s now possible to buy on-line from over 70 countries around the world! So we’ve gone global!