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Assistant Merchandiser

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Assistant Merchandiser

Role Responsibility

As an Assistant Merchandiser, you will monitor supplier commitment, make informed and strategic decisions and have the ability to make key recommendations to our team of buyers. You will proactively highlight issues and escalate accordingly to the Merchandiser. You will effectively manage the Allocator and collaboratively work to ensure stock is in the right places at the right time so as to maximize full price sell through. As a key member of the team you will consistently provide weekly, seasonal and ad hoc reporting and analysis. As an Assistant Merchandiser, you will:

  • Review stock levels by store with the Allocator’s assistance and make key recommendations
  • Oversee the system for re-ordering continuity product
  • Maintain and monitor stock levels at the DC and take action where necessary
  • Collaborate with Retail Operations regarding any stock queries
  • Analyse OTB strategies and make recommendations regarding commitment, escalating all OTB issues to the lead Merchandiser where appropriate
  • Forge strong relationships with our brand partners
  • Identify stock issues and negotiate stock actions with our suppliers
  • Successfully provide weekly, seasonal and ad-hoc reports
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of systems (Retek, Excel, RMS and RPM) so as to effectively assess stock levels
  • Proactively identify opportunities for transfer of stock and oversee allocation process
  • Oversee model stock and replenishment from the DC
  • Assist the Merchandiser in updating and maintaining the WSSI
  • Provide tailored FP analysis for buyers, highlighting any key points
  • Assist the Merchandiser in the OTB, planning, and phasing process
  • Coordinate and manage the sale set up and execution, be the key point of contact for retail operations
  • Manage markdown, monitoring stocks into sale with a view of LY and plan
  • Manage the RTV process from start to finish
  • Manage the Allocator’s workload, priorities and development

The Ideal Candidate

  • You will be highly organised, methodical and efficient in your approach to working
  • You will be highly numerate and analytical
  • Systems literate
  • You will have strong communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • You will be a team player
  • You will have high attention to detail
  • You will have the ability to remain calm within a fast-paced ever-changing environment

About the Company

Rewards and benefits 

Here are just a few of our rewards and benefits that help make our team experience that bit more extraordinary. 

  • Flexible working options to benefit you, your family and your wellbeing that can include part-time, flexi-time, job sharing or hybrid working

  • Generous annual leave that increases with length of service 

  • Up to five paid volunteering days – from beach cleans to co-ordinating food and clothing donations 

  • Family leave that suits your set up including Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Surrogacy and Shared Parental leave policies 

  • Defined pension contribution scheme  

  • Generous bonus and/or commission scheme  

  • Enviable team member discount including sale previews and double discount days 

  • Exclusive local discounts on a range of restaurants, bars, beauticians and entertainment 

  • Subsidised gym memberships  

  • A sustainable car salary sacrifice scheme (subject to eligibility criteria)

  • Several internal communities to get involved in from our Diversity Board and Green Warriors who are leading the charge on D,E&I and sustainability, to the Wellbeings who are always thinking of new ways to champion healthy minds, bodies and routines for our team members 

  • Workplace Options, our confidential team member assistance programme for when life gets tricky or you need a little guidance 

  • Access to a wide range of training programmes to help your career development 

Read on to find out how you can play your part in Reinventing Retail… 


Everyone is welcome 

Selfridges is a place where we want everyone to feel a sense of belonging. We embrace every self and are committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive working culture. We are leading with purpose to not only increase the visibility and recognition of under-represented talent within our organisation, but the wider industry too. Here at Selfridges, everyone is welcome – irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age or disability, we stand by equal opportunities for all.   

To ensure every feels welcome, we offer support at every stage of the application and interview process.  Should you need it, please let your recruitment contact know and they will be more than happy to help.


Our awards cabinet  

We’re not ones to brag, but since you asked...Selfridges has won the award for The World’s Best Department Store an unprecedented four times at the IGDS awards, with an additional award for the Best Sustainability Campaign. We were also recognised as a ‘Best 25 Big Company to Work For 2020’ as awarded by The Sunday Times. 


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