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Are you looking for your next opportunity within Merchandising? Would you enjoy the pace and energy of a retail environment which is collaborative, fun and inclusive where people feel part of a winning team? Do you enjoy the benefits of working together in person as a team blended with the flexibility of remote working?
If the answer to the above is ‘yes’ then Wickes is the place for you!
As a Merchandiser you’ll see that the most effective/profitable use is made of available retail space by working cross-functionally with internal/external departments/suppliers to create/oversee the development of accurate, safe and practical Planograms.
What you’ll be doing:
Work cooperatively within the Senior Category Merchandiser and Commercial Category teams to produce Planograms necessary for the introduction/ranging of new products, deletion of existing products, re-packaged ranges and general merchandising improvements.
Ensure that the Merchandising Health & Safety policy is applied to all Planograms that are created.
Provide ranging reports and charts as part of the range review process.
Develop and innovate new racking/equipment enabling more effective or safe product display, working cross-functionally & co-operatively in conjunction with the Senior Category Merchandiser.
Physically test completed Planograms prior to publication, either in a test environment or live store environment. This includes provision of on-site support for new stores, new formats, re-merchandising exercises and range review follow-up and implementation evaluation in stores.
Working with the Senior Category Merchandiser, take responsibility for coordination cross-functionally communication of projects progress and Planogram / ranging changes to all relevant stakeholders.
Manage and compile Planogram packs for promotional programmes, whilst advising of any potential problems or opportunities.
Provide accurate Planogram packs for new stores and refits, including equipment profiles and stock fill information to the appropriate functions.
What are we looking for:
'A' level standard of education in a design orientated subject and a minimum of GCSE standard in English and Maths
2 years of operational experience with a multi-site retailer
Ideally good working knowledge of modern space planning/merchandising software packages (Intactix CKB, Space Planning & Floor Planning)
Basic knowledge of the CAD planning software package would be highly desirable
Very good sense of spatial awareness & visual 3D observational skills
Good competency with spreadsheet and database software packages – ability to import and export data into other software packages
Ability to communicate well with colleagues at all levels, and present ideas/data and proposals to cross-functional groups, with the ability to influence peers
Good understanding of the dynamics of Wickes product categories
Good working knowledge of practical merchandising and promotional techniques, with an understanding of consumer shopping behaviour
Good quality planning and organisational skills
What can we offer you?
You’ll be supported with fantastic learning and development and have the opportunity to grow and develop your career with us. We also have an early careers network to support you if you’re in your first few years of your career.
We’ll also equip you with a benefits package that includes:
Contributory pension scheme
Discount platform including savings and cash back at numerous retailers, savings on gym membership, cycle to work scheme.
Our widely recognised wellbeing strategy is something we’re proud of at Wickes. As part of this, we offer a range of health and wellbeing benefits and support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, financial education & loans, and access to parental, menopause and fertility support.
You’ll work from our Support Centre in Watford, where our Merchandise team are based, along with our other support functions. We recognise the value of bringing our teams together to collaborate, support each other and build on our amazing culture. We are also encouraging our teams to work flexibly, with a blend of remote / office working.
Wickes is a multi-channel retailer operating in the home improvement market. With 50 years in industry, Wickes now generates revenue in excess of £1.6bn across 230 stores delivered by 8,000+ colleagues.
But it is the Wickes’ culture that is considered its best kept secret; it’s a collaborative, down to earth, fun and inclusive environment where people feel part of a winning team. All our colleagues come from different backgrounds, but what we all have in common is a determination to succeed and a passion for being the best we can be. If that sounds like you, we’ll make you feel right at home.
Please contact us here if you require any adjustments within the application process. If you require any reasonable adjustments at the interview stage you will have an opportunity to inform us when we invite you to interview. Please note, this link is only for reasonable adjustments required - general enquiries, or direct CV applications cannot be accepted via this form
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