Homechoice Vacancies: Junior Merchandise Planner Opportunity

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8 May, 2013

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Homechoice Vacancies

Purpose of this Job:

To assist with planning, implementing, forecasting and controlling of the product line sales, OTB and margins that comply with relevant financial, marketing and customer service objectives of the business.


  • Responsible for managing key financial metrics i.e. Sales (Intake & Net Sales Value), Receipts, Inventory Efficiency (Stock Turn & Stock Sell Through), Stock Health, COS% / Gross Margin, Unreserved, Substitutions, Returns, Out of Stock Cancels as well as Average Item Value

Planning & Forecasting

  • Manage overall sales plans in line with marketing plan for the year
  • Ensure the effective usage of DirectTech application
  • Manage sales forecasts by category based on Business Plan to reflect trend direction and trading opportunities
  • Ensure range is balanced & supports growth of the business
  • Effectively plan & forecast for clearance activity
  • Margin Management: Manage inbound GM% to achieve set targets (by BU by Material)

Stock Management

  • Effective management of OTB
  • Ensure quick reaction to changes in trading patterns and proactively recommends changes to future OTB
  • Identify reasons for poor performance areas and demonstrate timely and appropriate response
  • Develop and manage an effective clearance & liquidation strategy
  • Critical Path Management: Drive the timely receipt of product into the warehouse
  • Drive optimised stock efficiency
  • Manage cancellations and substitutions in line with targets
  • Utilise DirectTech to support the timely identification & strategy development around of good & bad sellers.

Trader Mentality

  • Allocation of Sales & OTB – Proactively reforecast Sales & OTB in response to trading trends
  • Active Trading – Drive the effective & appropriate usage of Tele Commissions (up & down) to manipulate sales
  • Risk Appetite – Ensure appropriate OTB & sales are allocated to test new categories and identify and respond effectively to business opportunities and threats
  • Customer Experience – Ensure offers are developed that resonate with the customer (i.e. not overly complex) and that offers are aligned to international best practise & support business growth
  • Support creative to ensure the effective communication / execution
  • Competitive Landscape – Displays sound understanding of target market and keep up to date on competitor developments whilst remaining abreast of local & international retail developments

System, Process & Analytics

  • Ensure effective analytical use of Data Warehouse Cube and partner with BI & other areas to ensure data is identified and made easily available to user via the cubes
  • Deliver timely & effective analysis & reporting (ad hoc & periodic) to all relevant stakeholders and drive a culture of excellence with regards to data integrity
  • Supporting business strategy and identify opportunities to enhance current systems to effectively support the business strategy
  • Keep abreast of international & local developments & feedback to business on development opportunities
  • Champion Merchandise interests wrt system developments and enhancements
  • Drive efficiencies and identify & drive the implementation of time / cost saving system enhancements whilst improving the customer experience
  • Maintain efficient & effective processe and identify opportunities to improve cost / time efficiencies, develop processes that support business strategy and artner across the business to ensure the effective development & deployment process enhancements / introduction
  • Champion Merchandise interests when collaborating on business process developments

Teamwork & Employee Engagement

  • Lead by example and be a credible leader, follow through on commitments, strives to do the right thing when making business decisions and sets strong ethical standards
  • Create and maintain an environment of openness, fairness and integrity between team members
  • Promote and develop effective working relationships with internal partners and consider other areas needs when setting business priorities




  • Grade 12 (Matric) Certificate
  • Marketing Diploma (IMM) or Commercial/Retail Qualification

Experience & Skills

  • A minimum of 1 – 2 years experience in a Merchandising planning department
  • Must be computer literate with Excel, MS Word and PowerPoint

Attributes & Behaviours

  • Excellent planning and coordinating ability with strong analytical skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet strict deadlines
  • Must show level of assertiveness
  • Must be performance driven and results focused
  • Ability to make insightful business decision and recommendations
  • Achievement orientated, coupled with an adaptable, innovative and creative approach
  • Excellent interpersonal & problem solving skills with specific attention to detail
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills
  • High energy levels to work in a challenging environment

Location: Cape Town

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