Merchandise Planning Manager - Gifting (entry)

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 21/06/2021


Merchandise Planning Manager - Gifting (entry)

Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1GA

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About the role

You will plan and ensure the delivery of great merchandising for your department and will lead and develop your team of Assistant Merchandise Planners.

This role is an established position and the hiring manager for this role is Katy Strachan

You will be responsible for

  • Driving supplier strategy and terms and conditions with the buying teams
  • Building customer/ market insight led ranges for your department with buying colleagues
  • Ensuring the ranging process (including range changes) for your department adheres to the critical path and meets customer needs. Contributing to the post launch review process
  • Delivering your part in the category trade and events plan (and associated sales, markdown, stock and margin targets), adapting the plan in response to market changes
  • Managing Open to Buy (OTB), options and stock plans for your department whilst supporting operational efficiency
  • Working with buying/ suppliers to confirm department capacity requirements and order management critical path
  • Collaborating with suppliers to review production plans (ensuring in place pre season, resolving issues as they arise
  • Managing your departments’ Weekly Sales Stock Intake (WSSI) incl. availability and stock levels, identifying and handling gaps between forecasts and trading actuals
  • Creating exit plans to clear stock (incl. markdowns) in line with CAYG guidelines whilst optimising profitability
  • Developing and leading a high performing team, giving them the opportunities to be their best.
  • Forecasting and managing my budgets effectively, always being cost conscious.
  • Following our Business Code of Conduct and always acting with integrity and due diligence.

You will need

  • Commercial merchandising experience
  • Category management (from strategy/planning, open to buy and exit management) experience
  • WSSI management skills
  • Range and trade planning skills
  • Experience leading and developing teams
  • Influencing and stakeholder management skills
  • Range and trade planning experience
  • Data analysis and numeracy skills
  • MS Office (esp. Excel)
  • Merchandising systems experience

Key People and Teams you will work with:

  • Buying Managers, Web Trading Managers, Customer Proposition Managers
  • Category Technical Managers
  • Suppliers

People, Budgets and other resources you will be accountable for:

  • Department sales/density, margin 
  • Department stock holding (aged and stock-turn) 

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren’t limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day (plus 8 Bank holidays)
  • On-site state of the art gym at our Welwyn Campus with discounted “Gympass” membership & free health checks via Nuffield Health
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • Share Schemes – Join our ‘Buy As You Earn’ & ‘Save As You Earn’ share schemes after 3 months service
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 3 months service
  • Colleague Discounts:
    • 10% increasing to 15% after every pay day for a four day period, off most purchases at Tesco
    • 10% off One Stop
    • 10% off pay monthly & SIM only deals with Tesco Mobile
    • 20% off all F&F purchases
    • 20% off car, pet and home insurance at Tesco bank. T&C’s apply
    • 25% off Tesco Café
    • 50% off complete glasses purchases & free eye tests (other offers available) at Vision Express
    • 50% off health checks at Tesco Pharmacy
  • An exclusive deals and discounts website saving you money on everyday purchases, treats for the family, eating out and utility bills for the home
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Shuttle Bus Service to/from Welwyn Garden City Station to Welwyn Campus
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award-winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme helps you deal with life’s challenges
  • Financial wellness - Tesco has partnered with experts to help you make the most of your money
  • Get involved in a range of fundraising activities with our long-term charity partners

About us

Our vision here at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home or out on the move. Our core purpose is ‘Serving Britain's shoppers a little better every day’. Our business was built with a simple mission – to be the champion for customers, helping them to enjoy a better quality of life and an easier way of living. This hasn't changed. Customers want great products at great value which they can buy easily and it's our job to deliver this in the right way for them. In the UK, we serve some 66 shoppers every second, so it's our goal to ensure every one of those customers experiences just a little better service on each visit.
At Tesco, inclusion means that Everyone’s Welcome. Everyone is treated fairly and with respect; by valuing individuality and uniqueness we create a sense of belonging.
Diversity and inclusion have always been at the heart of Tesco. It is embedded in our values: we treat people how they want to be treated. We always want our colleagues to feel they can be themselves at work and we are committed to helping them be at their best.


Across the Tesco group we are building an inclusive workplace, a place to actively celebrate the cultures, personalities and preferences of our colleagues – who in turn help to build the success of our business and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

NOTE: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details on your agreed start date.

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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