Junior Merchandiser

  • Manchester United FC
  • Manchester, UK
  • 30 Apr, 2023
Full time Data Science Premier League Retail Scout / Analyst

Job Description

At Manchester United our aim is to Win the United Way – and the quality of our behind-the scenes team sets us apart from the competition. 
Our people are as committed to the success of the company as the players are to winning trophies. We offer a unique and exciting working environment, excellent training, with recognition and rewards for the part each individual plays. Sounding good so far? 

The Purpose:       
The Junior Merchandiser position is a new role focused on supporting the full merchandise business of Manchester United.   The role will report to the Senior Merchandising Manager. 

The business operates across product licensing, wholesale, ecommerce and physical retail and the role will help provide analysis and insight to help shape and influence future strategy.

The Role:

•           Producing & presenting full trade slides, driving out clear weekly trade actions for the team, adapting analysis and    actions to the trading environment.
•           Takes lead role in managing all attribution (through bible). Data and reporting are accurate and maintained to the highest standard, adhering to best practice to best inform trading & planning.
•           Review Zero sellers weekly and proposes actions.

Order Management

•           Collates wholesale order files to MU Partners and raises POs ensuring relevant trackers updated.
•           Maintains spend trackers.
•           Independently reviews and proposes Stadium store rebuys on existing styles, efficiently identifying ideal quantity and size ratio based on performance and supplier lead times. Considers all factors including duplication and seasonality.
•           Consistently and accurately manages line cards on ‘Core’, forecasting in line with Category/Sub Cat performance to ensure an optimal stock position. Considers full implications of LY performance, seasonal strategy, seasonality, promotions, availability, peak planning, like for like products where applicable.

PO/Stock Management

•           Works with Retail Ops team to ensure end to end process of PO complete including raising POs, providing relevant product code/barcode info to supplier, product set up and booking in with warehouse.
•           Provides delivery updates to wider MUFC/Partner teams where required.
•           Manages and communicates launch trackers for key product launches.
•           Pulls Markdown/price proposal template weekly ahead of review.

Planning and forecasting

•           Can competently produce hindsight/’Lessons Learnt’ analysis and use learnings to impact strategy.  Highlights risks and opportunities into wider team.
•           Contributes to the in-season maintenance of the Category critical path, supporting team in achieving key deadlines and making amends where relevant.
•           Able to maintain a WSSI; actualising weekly and communicating subcategory performance with team to drive agreed weekly actions (requirement for application rather than immediate part of job role).


•           Ad-hoc analysis requirements to support business functions

The Person:

  • Excellent communication skills - this role requires cross functional collaboration with other departments and 3rd parties
  • Adaptable – Comfortable working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Commercial - A high level of commercial awareness, with a track record of turning analysis into strategic initiatives.
  • Numeric - A high level of numeric capability, with the ability to manipulate and interpret large quantities of data.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced in Excel; Power BI experience beneficial
  • Experience working at Senior Assistant/Junior Merchandiser level in retail
  • Strong organisational and planning skills

If you would you like to join the team and be part of our mission, to win the United way, please submit your application by 8th May 2023.
Manchester United endeavour to respond to all job application, however, please consider that we receive a high volume of applications and this may not always possible. 

We recognise the importance of safeguarding children and adults at risk at Manchester United, as part of this commitment this post is required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the appropriate level, as well as full reference history. 

Manchester United is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to background, ethnicity, race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or other legally protected characteristics.  

Manchester United Football Club are proud to be a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, supporting the armed forces community to transition into careers outside of the armed forces.  

Manchester United is committed to working with and providing reasonable adjustments for applicants and employees. If you require any reasonable adjustments to support your application and perform at your best, please do not hesitate to contact us to make a request; we are here to help. 
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