About the Habitat brand
Since 1964, Habitat has been challenging the way people style and shop for their homes. We’re an iconic homeware and furniture retailer that’s going through exciting times: alongside our three long-standing London flagship stores, extensive website and a network of smaller customer touch-points throughout the UK including Argos.
For over 50 years Habitat has created good design that’s useful, distinctive and just a little witty. We recognise that today there are more brands than ever selling furniture, but we’re strong in our conviction that we’re true originals, because almost every piece in our collection is designed by us.
Duties and responsibilities
Ensure the individual product plans meet the KPI targets for sales, margin, stock and availability.
Review weekly trading performance and achieved KPIs in each business channel, identifying issues. Propose and agree actions to minimise risk and maximise opportunities.
Manage the WSSI, review outstanding commitments and take appropriate action as required in order to maintain departmental availability
Manage seasonal terminal stocks and exit plans and take appropriate action to clear discontinued stock.
Identify and resolve late/insufficient availability of new ranges and ongoing lines
To prepare and action markdown plans in line with set parameters
Responsible for taking ownership of the implementation of promotional plans, taking action in order to achieve sales, availability and closing stock targets.
Take ownership of the planning and implementation of the replenishment parameters as part of the range plan and ensuring that they deliver excellent levels of in store availability, within commercially acceptable stock levels.
Working closely with key business stakeholders i.e Ecommerce, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, Stores in order to drive the department sales targets
Implement range/option plans on each department
Plan and manage critical path process from a merchandising perspective
Review department performance post season; establish lessons learnt for planning purposes
Preparation of information for range review meetings
Devise and propose seasonal store stock plans for Habitat London and Mini habitats.
Implement and maintain the defined Price Architecture for the category, in respect of optimising margin objectives.
Management of stock through all operating channels within agreed budgets
Ongoing review and updating of sales, margin, stock and markdown forecasts
To monitor product performance and ensure any required action is taken/forward orders are placed in line with sales, margin and OTB requirements
To ensure that all department reports and documents are produced in an accurate and timely manner
To prepare information for supplier reviews
Ongoing review of current systems and processes and suggestions of enhancements in line with business requirements
To carry our store visits as required
Engage with Suppliers to ensure product critical paths are well managed
Knowledge and skills
Good degree preferable
GCSE level maths required
Relevant merchandising and / or stock planning experience
Can analyse and interpret data to form effective strategies, highlighting trends, identifying and solving problems
Able to deal with large volumes and multiple sources of data
Must be able to demonstrate excellent communication and influencing skills
Organised, excellent attention to detail and a flexible proactive work ethic is also required.
Must make things happen, happy to take the initiative
Results Oriented approach
Identifies and juggle resources to respond to changing priorities
Meets deadlines consistently and manages others expectations