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Junior Merchandiser - Maternity Cover

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    Junior (1-2 years)
  • Hospitality & Retail
  • Manchester
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AI generated summary

  • You must have experience in a similar role, preferably within a sports/fashion retailer, and be highly numerate with a strong commercial focus.
  • You will plan, strategize, manage stock, trade, and collaborate with teams to optimize store performance and deliver excellent results in merchandising.


  • Experience within a similar role is essential
  • Experience within a sports/fashion retailer is advantageous
  • Highly numerate and strong commercial focus


  • Strategy (5%):
  • Review Previous Seasons and produce SWOT Analysis with supporting information.
  • Alongside the Merchandiser and Buyer create the strategy for the department and present
  • Plan (25%):
  • Create category level product mix using history, SWOT and SMT Plan.
  • With Senior Merchandiser formulate the space and grading plan for store distribution.
  • Ensure that the WSSI is updated with the buy plan and the KPI’s are signed off with the Senior Merchandiser.
  • Attend key selection meetings with the Senior merchandiser and Buyer
  • Build the Range plan
  • Build Layout plans in conjunction with buying and VM.
  • Ensure that scheduling and Ideals are in place for your area of responsibility
  • Manage the Stock seasonality within the WSSI.
  • Stock (15%):
  • Overview the ratios for all buys in conjunction with Assistant Merchandiser
  • Ensure that the Buy matches the plan Buy
  • Establish working relationships with Supplier Base
  • Manage the order books both in season and preseason to ensure that the most accurate information is always in the system.
  • Manage Intake at category and line level
  • Trade (45%):
  • Reviews’ weekly trading performance and achieved KPI’s, identifying Issues and the course of action in preparation for the weekly trading meetings and submit to the senior merchandiser.
  • Propose and agree actions to recover risk and maximise opportunities with the Senior Merchandiser and Buyer at category and line level.
  • Monthly – Capture all agreed actions in the monthly forecast reviews
  • Work up the forecast from category/Season level to Buyer Group
  • Meet and gain approval: Incorporating
  • Forecasting any sales variance to plan
  • Creation of OTB’s
  • Management of commitments – On time delivery, rebuys cancellations
  • Markdown proposals
  • Provide Retail with Rack List/Hit List through Merchandise Assistants.
  • Manage the range plan in Season reflecting any changes
  • Manage Line cards
  • Visit and understand the store base on a regular basis. Create action plans to Optimise Store performance communicating to the retail Team anything that may impact store performance.
  • Manage the store option plans to ensure each store has the optimum amount of stock and neither too full or lacking key lines.
  • Establish collaborative working relationships within Team and across functions.
  • Behavioural:
  • Delivering Excellence Working at a consistently high standard & with enthusiasm. you work to deliver a high quality service to meet personal and team expectations.
  • Responsibility (Delivers results) Take ownership of your work and use your initiative to deliver. Take responsibility for your own actions & decisions
  • Team Work You work with others to reach a common goal; sharing information, supporting colleagues and searching out expertise and solutions from relevant stakeholders.
  • Leadership You lead by example through your behaviours and professional approach to work; inspiring your colleagues and driving for results.
  • Communication You communicate clearly and concisely, ensuring that the message is understood by all.


What are the main responsibilities of a Junior Merchandiser in this role?

The main responsibilities include updating supplier order books, managing problem orders, and ensuring the correct stock is in the right place at the right time to maximize profitability.

Is this position a temporary or permanent role?

This position is a maternity cover, which means it is a temporary role to cover for an employee who is on maternity leave.

What opportunities are available for career development in this role?

This role offers a great opportunity to develop your career in merchandising as part of a dedicated team. You will have the chance to learn valuable skills and gain experience in the field.

What skills and qualifications are required for this position?

To be successful in this role, you should have strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work well in a team. Previous experience in merchandising or a related field is also beneficial.

Retail & Consumer Goods

Mission & Purpose

JD Sports is a prominent UK-based retail company specialising in sportswear, athletic footwear, and related accessories. Their ultimate mission is to provide customers with a comprehensive range of top-quality sportswear brands, sneakers, and sports-related fashion items. JD Sports' purpose revolves around enabling individuals to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle by offering them the latest and most stylish sportswear options, catering to their athletic and fashion needs.