Category Merchandiser

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CMD Recruitment
Marketing & PR
£45,000 Per Annum
Job Type
Permanent/Full Time
Date Posted
8th May 2018

Job Description


Category Merchandiser
Full Time Permanent

Our client is a successful multi-channel retailer of beautiful, unique and affordable furniture and accessories for the home. Today they have 15 stores and an extensive mail order, online and trade business with many thousands of customers throughout the UK and the world beyond. 

They are now looking for a Category Merchandiser to join the team based at the head office in Abingdon.

Role objective: To plan and trade department sales, stock, markdown and margin to achieve/exceed company budgets, maximizing sales and profit 

Key accountabilities:


Actively contributes to the building of the product strategy for each season alongside Product Development team, highlighting missed opportunities, competitor analysis and lessons learned. 

Manages seasonal top level dept/sub dept planning of Sales, Markdown, Margin and stock for all channels/markets. 

Leads the seasonal option planning processes for the department. 

Provide all in season and retrospective sales/stock/profit analysis at dept/category and option level to influence future buys. 

Operates within the product critical path to manage availability and ensure that product is available in the right channels at the right time. 

Sourcing & Supplier Management 

Provides regular and relevant feedback regarding issues and opportunities within the range. 

Liaises with suppliers and supply chain team to achieve best delivery dates to ensure intake to plan. 

Range planning & selection 

Works closely with the Channel Merchandiser to build the option plan for each channel. Alongside the Merchandising Manager, recommend and communicate the option plan and range for each catalogue, to the Design Studio & Marketing team. 

Intake management 

Manage continuity stock levels throughout the season to maintain availability and sales in line with plan, placing re-orders and ensuring timely intake into and through the warehouse. 

Communicates all stock issues and delivery timings to the wider team regularly through trading meetings and email communication. 

Manages consumables forecasts and call offs for Retail as well as gift packaging. 

Allocation & Replenishment 

Provides in season trading reports and analysis to support the Retail team. 

Alongside Channel Merchandiser oversees replenishment and transfers to adjust stocks in line with trade. 

Manages the clearance of samples/seconds under the guidance of the MM and product development teams. 


Produces weekly departmental trading reports and insight. 

Trade dept weekly, proposing stock movement/promotional activity/re-buys etc. 

Produces period end, season end and year end summary reports and insight as required. 

Manages main sale content and price file management to meet agreed sales and margin plans. 

Makes recommendations for sale buys to the Merchandising Manager and PD team. 

Works in line with the agreed Trading calendar and closely with the Channel & Marketing teams to recommend and set up promotional activity to drive cash margin. 


Projects as agreed to support the profitable growth of the business.

Works alongside the Channel Merchandising team to ensure stock is in the right place at the right time. 

Supports cross-team business partners by providing timely and accurate hand-over information and analysis in a format that is easily digestible for them. 

Key skills 

Is aligned with the Brand. 

Highly numerate, with advanced Excel skills. 

Proven track record in Merchandising at Junior Merchandiser/Merchandiser level with a minimum of 5 years in merchandising. 


trading a high SKU count with significant levels of continuity. 

Ability to communicate in a variety of formats (verbally, visually & in writing). 

Working hours are 9am - 5pm

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