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UO - Senior Assistant Merchandiser

  • Location
  • London
  • Salary
  • Competitive salary plus benefits
  • Job Advert Description
  • Urban Outfitters - Senior Assistant Merchandiser

    Reporting to: Senior Merchandiser

    Direct Reports: x2 MAAs

    Location: London


    This role is suitable for an experienced Assistant Merchandiser who is highly commercial with a strong trading mentality.  The role, while primarily supporting the Merchandiser across a range of categories, will allow the right candidate the opportunity to take ownership for their own areas.


    • Support Merchandiser with Seasonal Plans and re-forecasts for all categories driven from sales history and Brand Strategy
    • Support Merchandiser in managing OTB - continually identify risks/ opportunities to maintain flexibility
    • Oversee intake margin alongside Buying counterparts. Agree target margins with Senior Planner and ensure these are met
    • Ensure line cards are maintained on a weekly basis; propose rebuy dates and volumes required
    • Develop strong partnerships with buyers to understand their vision and direction, establish an understanding of customers and buying trends
    • Take accountability for in-season trading for assigned product areas – analyze trading patterns and identify opportunity for repeats, work with Buying to optimize speed to market.
    • Closely monitor intake on a weekly basis. Ensure intake targets are being met on all product areas and are in line with Brand targets. Highlight intake risk to Senior Management team
    • Manage MD and Promotional planning for product areas – strive to minimize MD and drive profitability
    • Work within a clear critical path to operate an effective/timely product sign off process, appropriate for product lead-time
    • Ensure effective distribution of stock to potentialise store and product performance
    • Display an in-depth, customer-focused knowledge of market and trends, as well as store performance
    • Ensure that the correct level of newness is present, and that correct mix of end use is phased in at the appropriate time
    • Collate Seasonal price analysis – support Merchandiser with developing Regional pricing architecture
    • Work with key Suppliers to improve efficiencies in lead times, shipping costs and communication
    • Oversee department allocations and ensure all MAA’s are fully trained and knowledgeable on using the allocation tool
    • Guide on IAQ levels and monitor store tiers in line with option frameworks
    • Review Web inventory. Work with Web team to maintain optimum DC stocks
    • Manage a team of MAA’s ensuring the accurate and timely execution of intake and allocation.
    • Be responsible for coaching and developing MAA’s
    • Identify training and development needs within the MAA community and feedback to Management
    • Build strong cross-functional relationships in order to align Commercial and Creative work streams


    • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel
    • Strong understanding of Retail systems
    • Ability to organize and prioritize workload to meet deadlines
    • Flexible and adaptable to changing priorities
    • Strong communication skills
    • Demonstrate logical analysis and positive problem solving skills
    • Ability to analyse, present and communicate information in a manner that allows informed decision-making
    • Ability to understand financial measurements and how to impact them
    • Ability to build and maintain productive partnerships and demonstrate strong listening, oral and written communication skills
    • Trading Mentality; ability to work at pace, challenge results and information to identify challenges, drive for results and track record of success.
    • Profit Focused; skilled at finding opportunities to achieve profit in any situation, trading mentality to support and develop product areas
    • Team Leadership; provides clear business goals for teams, supports and develops skills base
    • Develops skills of the team; identifies individual training needs as well as encourages effective teamwork
    • Impact & Influence; ability to present facts, opinions and proposals persuasively to colleagues, Senior Management Team and Planning Team