Merchandise & Planning Manager - 10 Month Maternity Cover Contract

Birchbox UK is looking for an experienced Merchandise & Planning Manager with a strong e-commerce background to support our rapidly growing business.  Our unique business model brings unique challenges—this is not a typical planning role.  The right candidate will be highly intelligent, collaborative and hard working.  This role is a 10 month maternity cover contract, based in our central London office, with an ideal start date of early September.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build upon and execute our UK Merchandising Strategy for our full size e-commerce business, e.g., expanding assortment for top brands, discontinuing slow selling SKUs, enhancing assortment for key categories, planning for Black Friday / Sale periods
  • Deliver against our Retail Planning KPIs, e.g., OOS, OTB, Turn
  • Forecast sales and create full size IOs - decide on both the assortment of SKUs and initial buy-ins for new brand partners
  • Monitor and manage full size stock levels for UK e-shop to avoid unnecessary stock-outs, submit all ROs
  • Creatively solve aging and unproductive inventory levels
  • Partner with brands team to analyze business performance and provide recommendations of sampling and retail opportunities based on performance, including attending key meetings with brand partners
  • Access data from back-end system via SQL to create regular sales and inventory reports by brand, category, etc.
  • Coordinate launch of and create new e-shop product pages in Magento
  • Benchmark vs. market competitors and ensure alignment with market trends
  • Proactively suggest process improvements
  • Liaise with EU and US counterparts for international brand campaigns and to leverage retail planning best practices across markets

Your qualifications should include:

  • 4+ years experience in merchandising / planning, ideally in ecommerce and/or beauty
  • Strong Excel skills and SQL experience required

You also:

  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit and crave a high-growth, fast-paced environment where you can innovate and help build a disruptive business
  • Are a positive team-player who thrives on challenges, the opportunity to help your teammates to problem-solve, and have the mindset that no job is too small
  • Are analytical and data-driven; you love using stats and numbers to make decisions and prove your point
  • Are a planner and an organizer. You make project plans for everything and are already setting multiple reminders for things that need to get done six months from now

 


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