• Salary: Competitive
  • Location: Whyteleafe, Surrey
  • Job type: Permanent

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Multi-Channel Trade & Planning Manager

Ann Summers is an iconic empire and multi-channel retailer. Our journey has been paved by the Golds and we've got one hell of a heritage to be proud of. 44 years, over 2 million Rampant Rabbits, 131 stores and we're still throwing 7,000 parties each week.

Forecasting and Trading
* Manage and develop trade and promotional plans to meet the overall business and product category sales plans, working with the Merchandising and Channel teams to ensure alignment.
* Ensure weekly, monthly and seasonal trade activity is planned and executed, as well as having a longer term strategic trade plan in place.
* Work with customer insight team to gain information that will deliver the businesses desire to have a more personalised customer centric activity planner.
* Deliver clear briefs to execute promotional activity with your key internal and external stakeholders across Buying, Merchandising, Marketing and Retail.
* Work in collaboration with the merchandising teams to monitor sales performance against strategic business objectives.
* Build and own forecasting for the business. Ensure the board is informed on performance against the forecast, sharing opportunities and risks.
* Work with Merchandising and Channel teams to provide yearly forecast and quarterly reforecasts.

* Continual review of sales performance and KPI’s highlighting risks and opportunities which should be fed into trade and budgeting process.
* Develop reporting requirements for the Buying & Merchandising function and manage implementation of new reports as required.
* Continually review and enhance the current reporting suite to ensure it is fit for purpose and services all stakeholder requirements.

Price and Promotions
* Review of cross channel departmental and promotional performance working closely with channels to understand current trade with recommendations to drive profit, both in the short and long term.
* Working collaboratively to oversee all line information for sale & manage the price changes relating to it.
* Create report pack to clearly communicate promo/sale performance and make recommendations for future trading plans

Allocation and Branch Merchandising
* Management of Trading and Allocation Manager and together develop:
* Robust plan for Peak trade across all Channels to ensure we are delivering all strategic requirements within department to maximise sales, margin and stock performance.
* Overview of store grading and space planning. Work alongside Merchandising team to continually improve and report on space and store grades
* Accurate product availability reporting and improve on stock availability in conjunction with building a store replenishment plan that reduces stock levels whilst maximising store deliveries to drive towards order from store.
* Store opening, refit & relocation reporting & analysis with recommendations for improving performance.

Must Have:
* Strong commercial & numerical background
* Highly organised with a pragmatic approach to problem solving
* Strong stakeholder management, obtaining information and buy-in, in support of initiatives and ideas across the organisation will be crucial.
* Self-motivation, enthusiasm, results-focus and resilient
* Ability to build and maintain robust relationships that drive collaboration
* Extensive experience of forecasting and setting targets and budgeting
* Proven man-management abilities with a track record in leading, motivating and developing a team
* Advanced Excel

* Strong background in trading & commercial decision making

We are the company we are because we do everything we can to make every day fun whilst making a real difference to the sex lives of people around the world.

We regret that due to high volumes we are unable to acknowledge every application. All successful candidates will be contacted as soon as possible to discuss the role and their experience further.

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