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  • Business: Wickes
  • Sector: Category, Pricing & Product
  • Location: Watford, Hertfordshire
  • Salary: Competitive + Benefits
  • Hours of work: 37.5 Mon- Fri
  • Position type: Permanent
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Date posted: 19-Sep-2018
  • Job reference: 17769

Job Description

Wickes is more than just the nation’s favourite DIY store. We’re part of the Travis Perkins Group, one of the UK’s top employers.  That’s why the first thing you’ll notice at Wickes is the way everyone pulls together. It’s a place where we’ll ask for your ideas, listen to your opinions and value the contributions you make. Chances are you’ve never experienced anything quite like our culture.  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.


A little about the role…


We are currently looking for a Category Merchandiser to join the team here at Wickes.  The main purpose of the role is to see that the most effective and profitable use is made of available retail space by working cross functionally with internal and external departments; As well as  suppliers to create and oversee the development of accurate, safe and practical Planograms.


Key Performance Areas


Within the role the key areas you will be focusing on are:


  • Planograms - to work co-operatively within the Senior Category Merchandiser and Commercial Category teams to produce Planograms necessary for the introduction / ranging of new products


  • Health & Safety - to ensure that the Merchandising Health & Safety policy is applied to all Planograms that are created


  • Ranging reports and charts - to provide as part of the range review process, with recommendations at product level to ensure that informed commercial decisions can be had regarding space allocation


  • Racking and Equipment Design - to 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


  • Planogram Integrity and Testing to physically test completed Planograms prior to publication, either in a test environment or live store environment


  • Communication - working with the Senior Category Merchandiser, take responsible for co-ordination cross functionally communication of projects progress and Planogram / ranging changes to all relevant stakeholders


  • Promotional Activity - to manage and compile Planogram packs for promotional programmes, whilst advising of any potential problems or opportunities


  • New Stores and Refits - to provide accurate Planogram packs, equipment profiles and stock fill information to the appropriate functions


What we are looking for in you?


  • 'A' level standard of education in a design orientated subject

  • Minimum of GCSE standard in English and Maths

  • Experience within a multi-site retailer

  • Good working knowledge of modern space planning/merchandising software packages (Intactix CKB, Space Planning & Floor Planning)

  • Basic knowledge of the CAD planning software package

  • 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?


Wickes provides own-brand home improvement products and is committed to strengthening its position as the destination DIY and Home Improvement store for DIYers and Tradespeople. No wonder they have been voted “Britain’s Favourite DIY Store” and continue to grow their Business.


Wickes are part of the Travis Perkins Group, the UK’s largest supplier of building materials with over 20 different brands and over 28,000 employees we are able to offer long and varied career opportunities. We are committed to investing in your development and enabling you to fulfil your future career aspirations


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