Baird Group (BMB Clothing) provides men’s clothing to customers throughout stand-alone retail stores, concessions and an extensive wholesale network. Our many brands include Suit Direct, Ben Sherman and Jeff Banks. We pride ourselves on a stable highly skilled workforce who focuses daily on providing the best service across all our product categories and distribution channels.
Here at Baird Group we have an exciting opportunity for a Merchandiser to join our fast-paced team environment and work with our Wholesale team.
As a Merchandiser you will play a vital role in ensuring that the business buys the right product, for the right place at the right time. This is a pivotal role where you will be responsible for achieving budgeted stock, sales and margin managing the growth and development of the junior members of the team.
Key duties include:
Provide the wider team with analysis by Brand and/or Customer by season, feeding the results into the Range plan and providing forecasted sales by line that achieve the budgeted sales and margin; setting target margins for the buying team to facilitate this To work with the wider team in planning from concept to end delivery the most commercial and fashionable ranges that are the right products for the brands within BMB. Ensure the right delivery date, pricing architecture and desired margin has been agreed between all parties to maximise sales and profits. Develop detailed sales and margin budgets by Brand and Customer liaising with the sales teams to ensure that the most accurate information to cover sales, agents’ commissions, margin and intake are considered Key decision maker and problem solver for the department with the support of Senior Management. Ensure all brand strategies are executed in line with the overall business needs and communicate these to the wider team Full understanding of customer needs to maximise sales and margin Maintain and manage the WSSI and OTB identifying any existing or potential stock issues and presenting a strategy to Senior Management to manage and resolve any negative stock positions for the business
Management of team – Responsible for the management of your team, their workload, development and morale. Undergo job chats with the team to monitor and manage their progress. Set clear SMART objectives and coach them daily to grow their knowledge and skills to be able achieve their objectives. Ensure that the junior merchandising team are building strong relationships with suppliers and customers Buy Process – Working with the sales team and customer requirements ensure OTB is not exceeded and any upsides or downsides to budgets are highlighted to Senior Management and the Sales Team Delivery – Working with the buying team reviewing information from suppliers collated by the team, attending CP meetings and acting where needed to improve deliveries and ensure goods arrive on time and in full. Continuously re-forecast sales and intake on a weekly basis to ensure deliveries are on time and budgeted sales and margins are achieved. Highlighting any anomalies to the relevant parties and Senior Management Oversee line card management in line with budgeted sales, margin and intake Monitor cloth and trim stocks ensuring BMB is not at risk and plan the detailed phasing of any cloth and trim the business needs to exit Work alongside shipping and warehousing to plan container consolidation and warehouse intake, reviewing against allocated capacity in the warehouse Continually re-phase intake budgets to sit alongside the sales and margin providing to Accounts when required and escalating and significant changes to Senior Management Stock – For any slow selling or obsolete stock lines communicate a strategy to Senior management including any detailed exit strategies and promotions Working cross functionally with warehousing, shipping, finance and the sales team to optimise sales and margin, while ensuring high levels of customer service are achieved
This position is based at our Head Office in Leeds city centre and is a short 5 minutes walk away from the train station. In addition to your basic salary we offer excellent employee benefits including free parking and staff discount.