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Merchandise Planning Manager - Home & Leisure in Bradford

About The... We currently recruiting for a Merchandise Planning Manager to join the Home and Leisure team on a full time, permanent basis based from our Head Office in Bradford.    The purpose of the role is to successfully develop an...

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About The Role
We currently recruiting for a Merchandise Planning Manager to join the Home and Leisure team on a full time, permanent basis based from our Head Office in Bradford. 
The purpose of the role is to successfully develop an understanding and expertise for your category, manage a category to deliver company sales and margin targets by planning, controlling and monitoring the purchasing, intake and distribution of merchandise. Responsible for developing and executing a 5 year category strategy alongside the buying manager and fully accountable for the departmental performance. Continually anticipating the customers’ expectations whilst developing effective working relationships with suppliers, internal departments and where relevant the personnel management of direct reports. You will work collaboratively with key stakeholders and be expected to resolve all issues efficiently and effectively.
As part of this role, you will hold the following accountabilities;


  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with all internal customers.
  • Ensure a knowledge of the customer profile and market trends
  • Conduct store visits to view stock, obtain feedback and look to enhance sales and stock packages at store and company level 
  • Ensure that a competitive and commercial product range, that reflects the strategy, is delivered to the customer with strong availability.
  • Motivate all members of your category cell in order to potentialise their talent
  • Lead the performance of direct reports to create high performing climate
  • Building high performing, engaged, diverse teams, focused on service, sales and profitability and driving clear accountability at all levels
  • Have a vision for the departments merchandising strategy, planning a commercial product range that is in line with the company stock and sales targets
  • Operate an effective and timely sign off process working with the buyer, that is in line with the critical path and merchandising planning cycle
  • Ensure all range documents are correctly built for the department ensuring a balanced product mix, challenging the buyer where appropriate and ensure all range documents are kept updated and accurate.
  • Prepares and presents a comprehensive stock and sales plans for the season ahead for the department, presenting any supporting documentation and analysis, ensuring the proposal maximises sales and profit potential
  • Attend all weekly, monthly and seasonal meetings fully prepared, ensuring all analysis and reports required are completed comprehensively and accurately, taking the lead for merchandising, challenging and influencing where needed
  • Be fully conversant with all orders processing through the systems for the department and any new orders being proposed and the effect they could have on stock, sales, margin and budget figures

Sales, Profit and Cash

  • Maximising sales and profit for given category to meet agreed targets, through strong planning, analysis and development of global supplier relations
  • Manage all stock and intake for the department in line with company targets
  • Monitoring and evaluation alongside the buyer of the performance of the category against budget/forecast, constantly reviewing outstanding commitment and opportunities and assessing any issues
About You
You will have the following role-specific skills, knowledge and experience;


  • Clear understanding of how to serve Customer needs and requirements
  • Ability to champion the customer and trade a customer focused range.
  • Knowledge of the Morrisons business to ensure 1st class execution
  • The ability to create environments where sharing ideas, issues and concerns is the norm
  • Ability to champion pace, change and simplicity
  • Ability to gain feedback from colleague and customers
  • Able to deliver increased sales and profit growth through sound business knowledge and retail experience
  • Analytical thinking – manage multiple data sources and make the appropriate decisions for sales, stock, markdown and profit
  • Ability to manage OTB
  • Experience of pre-season planning to deliver a commercial range with a profitable model
  • Experience of OTB and in season trade
  • Stockflow and stocks in line with targets
About The Company
Our aim to offer more of what matters extends to our employees too. Join us and you can expect to enjoy great career prospects and a very competitive pay and benefits package. In addition to an attractive salary, we offer a discount card for you and two for friends or family members giving you 10% off your shopping in Morrisons. We also offer company share options, a highly competitive pension scheme, Life Assurance and more besides.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Extra information

Type of Job
Full UK/EU driving license preferred
Car Preferred
Must be eligible to work in the EU
Cover Letter Required

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