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Merchandise Planner

Location:  BD4 6HN
Division:  Commercial
Contract Type:  Permanent - Salaried

As a Merchandise Planner stock allocation, demand planning and future forecasting are central to your success.  Taking the customer data and insights and marrying this with sales data, you’re central to creating the opportunities for each customer business plan to achieve their profit potential across national accounts.


Working closely with your Customers, Supply Chain, Product and Range you’ll ensure the right information is available at the right time to ensure the seamlessly delivery of product to store when it’s needed.  The merchandising specialist in your customer team your main responsibilities include:

  • Account planning including sales plans, customer budget and SKU level decision making activities 
  • Evaluating financial factors including assumptions and suitable contingency plans
  • Forecasting across all elements whether total business, account, caption or line level
  • Stock allocation requirements to deliver the customer plan whilst minimising stock exposure
  • Top line trading analysis for forward planning and identifying risks & opportunities
  • Facilitate the optimum range selection process through your analysis and insights 
  • Develop strong cross functional relationships to ensure all interventions / activities are delivered in the most effective & profitable way
  • Drive efficiencies, improved ways of working and increased profit across your customer accounts


Central to the team, you’ll use your knowledge of the retail landscape, customer objectives and consumer shopper insights to crunch the numbers and make profitable, timely decisions for the short, medium and long term impact.  Articulate, pro-active and resourceful, whether you’re looking for the next step in your merchandising career or side step into a supplier environment, to be successful we’re looking for you to demonstrate:

  • Previous experience of working in a merchandising role or similar role within a Retail / FMCG business
  • Excellent excel, numeric & analytical abilities to identify commercial insights relevant to our audience 
  • You’re a confident communicator, able to adjust their approach to varying audiences, marrying your strong presentation skills with your skilled use of data and insights
  • You’re people person, you take the time to build strong relationships, working with others to achieve shared objectives
  • Your commercial accumen, using your knowledge and insights to engage and influence others, keeping profit growth at the core of decision making
  • You’re organised, with a keen eye of the details, with experience of planning and forecasting sales across everyday & seasons
  • A solid awareness of retail, and ideally our category, influences which are factored in to your decision making to mitigate risks to sales 

Based at our Dawson Lane site in Bradford, close to key motorway links you’ll be able to take advantage of:

  • Competitive salary
  • Hybrid working - A mixture of office based and working from home
  • 26 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working opportunities 
  • Health cashback scheme
  • Pension benefit
  • Free onsite parking
  • A variety of other cultural and lifestyle benefits, aimed at promoting a positive work/life balance



Posting Date:  30-Jun-2022