Role details

Merchandise Manager

West Midlands   •   £55,000 - £65,000   •  Permanent

Bullet points

  • Leading Hard Goods Retailer
  • Specialising in Leisure and Automotive products

About Our Client

UK's leading retailer of leisure and automotive products and the UK's leading operator in garage serving and auto repair. Their retail business boasts over 460 stores, on-line shopping, a delivery service and in-store collection. Just to top this off we are now one of the Sunday Times 25 best big companies to work for!

Job Description

  • Leading and managing the Merchandise Planning team - continuously growing and supporting sales of circa £550 million performance and delivering high levels of team engagement
  • Setting and delivering target availability levels across Retail and Digital customer offers and fulfillment points
  • Setting Annual Stock budgets and managing the business Open to Buy with stock of circa £90 million
  • Improving sales and stock related cash flow through improving stock turn- Measuring and continuously improving forecast accuracy
  • Influencing the commercial agenda to improve supply chain performance- Ensuring seasons and promotions are effectively planned, communicated and executed
  • Ensuring the physical flow of products is effectively planned with Distribution
  • Contributing to the Supply strategy - being a key player in supporting with the delivery of projects
  • Maintaining an in depth understanding of macro factors affecting supply of stock to Halfords
  • Developing relationships with key suppliers
  • Working in partnership with the Trading team to help manage negotiations to improve supplier lead time and manage availability
  • Managing and improving Vendor On Time In Full performance
  • Working closely and effectively with other departments across Halfords Group at all levels

The Successful Applicant

  • Building and leading highly engaged and high performing teams
  • Excellent sales and stock planning experience
  • Developing and implementing value added change programs
  • Driving improvements in stock turn and product availability
  • Supporting evolving customer propositions, including direct channels
  • Extensive understanding of Supply Chain techniques and practices
  • Strong analytical, negotiation and numerical skills- Solid commercial acumen
  • Stakeholder engagement, influencing and management
  • Far East sourcing

What's on Offer


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