Assistant Merchandiser (Topshop), Colegrave House, 70 Berners Street

Who We Are

Topshop is a dynamic retailer that champions the new and next of fashion, style and culture. Design-driven, fashion-obsessed and endorsed by influencers worldwide, Topshop bridges the high and low of the fashion world, and is accessible to all style-minded individuals.

The Job

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Merchandiser to join the team and are looking to hear from candidates operating at Assistant Merchandiser with a Womenswear background.

You will assist the Merchandiser in planning and forecasting and manage intake and distribution on your team. To support the Merchandiser in planning and trading a department. You will assist in the day to day running with an aim to deliver a range that optimises sales, stock and profit. This is achieved by working across the buying and merchandising functions and managing your supply base effectively. You will help to manage your MAA(s), providing guidance and support for their development whilst delegating appropriate work to assist their progression.

As an AM you will be in contact with multiple areas of the business and will liaise effectively across these functions such as Branch Merch, International, Logistics, Online, Planning, USA, VM, and Wholesale to deliver successful seasons.

Day to Day

  • Working alongside the Merchandiser in monitoring department sales and identifying opportunities for future growth
  • Assisting the Merchandiser with seasonal planning and range building
  • Trading the department to meet and exceed sales targets and identifying and managing potential risk
  • Managing stock, delivery and the supply chain
  • Gathering and analysing data on range performance
  • Keeping up to date with the competition in order to make commercially informed decisions
  • Monitor dept sales performance and identify both risk and opportunity through appropriate analysis and customer/dept knowledge. This can stem from line print work, long term planning or ad hoc sales.
  • Reviewing trade on a Monday by analysing line print and other ad hoc reports to prepare and feed into weekly dept trade meetings. In turn, this will impact weekly allocation and intake strategy.
  • Assisting your MAA on allocation strategy, intake and stock management through your clear understanding of forecasting and the allocation system.
  • Building relationships with both landed and FOB suppliers. This will include reacting to current trade and managing their expectations with regards to the flow of stock into the business.
  • Support the creation and management of sales and option plans (BOB) using knowledge of dept specific space planning. Continually review this in season with the help of ad hoc analysis to spot risk or opportunity.
  • Assist in planning and forecasting at category level and trade in season by flagging risk and opportunity and reviewing OTB and managing stocks accordingly.
  • Works alongside AB to improve product understanding and using this knowledge to highlight risk or opportunity to Merchandiser. Senior AMs will often manage an area within a dept which they will plan, buy and trade with the AB and the support of the Buyer and Merch.
  • Updating mega/line detail and using it as a reference tool to trade the dept.
  • Undertake store visits and competition shops to improve product knowledge and understanding of factors that will improve/hinder trade. Work alongside BM and VM to suggest ways to improve performance.
  • Aware of factors that affect margin and profit and able to suggest ways to drive this with supplier and store initiatives. Link in with in promotional activity and use of PCM as a means of achieving this.
  • Forecasting for Finance by completing tasks such as margin rolls, commitment monitor, supplier rolls, and colour rolls

Must Haves

  • Be driven, motivated and ambitious
  • Be able to work in a fast paced environment
  • Have excellent interpersonal/presenting skills
  • Be able to demonstrate strong numerical and analytical ability
  • Have good problem solving skills
  • Be able to work effectively as part of a team

Added Extras

  • We finish at 3pm on Fridays all year round!
  • A day off on your Birthday so it is all about you
  • Flexible working hours to manage your work-life balance
  • 25% staff discount & 3 enhanced discount weeks in the year across all Arcadia brands.
  • A day off at Christmas to get on top of the shopping
  • Regular team and company social events
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Exclusive access to regular sample sales just for our employees