Basic Functions:To work in conjunction with the Category Managerto select a Range of products in line with the Range Plan and Fantasy World trading strategy.Work closely with cross-functional teamsincluding marketing, retail operations, product development and customerservice.DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:-Develop the Range Plan for specific departments of responsibility along with the category manager.-Support the Category Manager and Trading team in driving sales and controlling costs to ensure department/ store profit targets are met.-Sourcing and building relations with new suppliers.-Analyzing past sales patterns to anticipate trends in consumer buying pattern.-Evaluate Cost and selling prices, shipping &handling charges and make any necessary recommendations and changes. Update and resolve any shipment issues.-Work collectively with Merchandising to ensureestimates and trends are accurate and within department and company budget targets. Agree seasonal stock targets.-Ensure suppliers purchase orders are placed/sent in a timely and professional manner. Products should then be created accurately in the ERP system.-Work collaboratively with Marketing, PR & Socialmedia to create promotions that generate category revenue from key customer segments.-Issue pallet roster/spiff/new low price/exclusiveproduct lists to relevant departments.-Create a website plan and product offer to ensure department visibility in all customer facing routes to market.-Attends weekly floor walks in retail stores andmakes proposals for improvements.-Work collectively with Wholesale divisions toevaluate trends and product requirements.-Recommending clearance sales and varying delivery schedules to help control stock levels-Working with Visual Merchandising to feature brands, promotions, events and new product launches.-Ensure all products are accurately set up in ERPsystem.-Issue new product sheets and conduct producttraining in retail stores.-Participate in Weekly Trading, quarterly BusinessReview and Category Assessment meetings.-Manage day to day activities of Buying Assistant.Maintain a strategic professional working relationship with team and all key departments.
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