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UO - Assistant Branch Merchandiser

  • Location
  • London
  • Salary
  • Competitive salary plus benefits
  • Job Advert Description
  • Urban Outfitters: Branch Merchandising – Assistant Planner

    Reporting to Branch Planning & Trading Manager


    • This role would suit a commercial individual who is analytical with keen attention to detail.
    • Responsible for supporting the Branch Merchandising function to drive the brand strategy for each territory.
    • Managing stock levels in stores within planned requirements vs. capacities and ensure cover targets are maintained.
    • Optimise FP Sell-through by closely managing the allocation and replenishment process to minimise MD risk.


    • Analyse performance in all stores with a particular focus on high density stores and Concessions on a weekly basis-  identify trends, risks and opportunities.
    • Prioritize weekly which stores should be the focus for branch work – and give guidance to planning teams
    • Provide the business with accurate and clear analysis for each territory. Drive any changes needed to evolve and improve reporting going forward.
    • Focus on Divisional/Class/Product ‘exceptions’ at Territory level – ensuring we have appropriate reporting to support planners’ decision making
    • Weekly/Monthly/Quarterly review of the difference in trading between stores by class and division. Including producing reports and analysis.
    • Provide Branch/territory lessons learnt on a quarterly basis – feed this into Product teams to affect appropriate change.
    • Gain full understanding of allocation and replenishment tools to support and guide on opportunities to improve existing process
    • Oversee Retail events calendar, ensure localised events are planned for and reported on. Communicate with Buying and Planning functions
    • Consolidate weekly Retail feedback and share with the Product teams – communicating clear actions.
    • Regular branch visits to review opportunities to help maximize sales in stores and providing feedback for the planning and buying teams with clear actions
    • Manage Retail Events in Season – communicate with relevant teams in a timely manner and feedback on successes and learnings 
    • Identify stock consolidation opportunities both in season and at season close. Ensure stock is optimized across locations to maximise FP sell through
    • Identify high MD risk stores and ensure stock levels are closely managed
    • Attend weekly Retail conference call
    • Collate lessons learnt on key trading events and store openings/closures
    • Manage Concessions inventory – issue and manage option and unit targets by site working with all key stakeholders.
    • Gain understanding of key tasks covered by the Planning element of the function and provide support when necessary
    • Work with Branch Planner to ensure Branch Planning and Branch Merchandising are aligned
    • Produce and adapt analysis to help support Branch Planning when needed


    • Experience at Assistant Branch Planner level is desirable
    • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel
    • Strong understanding of Retail systems is preferable
    • 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 analyze, 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
    • Finding opportunities to achieve profit, using trading mentality to support and develop product areas