The Merchandising team at Rapha is key to managing stock and sales in the business, working with all teams across Rapha and building a range which is forward thinking and commercial. 

The purpose of the role is to plan & trade the department. Working alongside the Product teams to achieve the brand and departmental strategy; to identify opportunities to maximise sales and profit. This role will play a key role in supporting the development of the Merchandising department, with the ultimate aim of helping Rapha make cycling the most popular sport in the world. 

THE ROLE

  • Range planning, reviewing past seasons performance and build learnings into future ranges.
  • Manage margin in line with company strategy & department plan.
  • Trading & commercial awareness, maximizing sales & profit whilst minimizing markdown.
  • Stock Management, maintaining stock availability on all key styles. 
  • In season WSSI & Open To Buys (OTB) management, producing re-forecasts of sales/stock/profit for review. 
  • Customer & Brand Awareness, shows awareness of the customer & brand profile & reflects this in all decisions. 
  • Build an effective and motivational team environment, developing and progressing Assistant Merchandisers and Merchandising Admins inspiring them to achieve their best. 

THE CANDIDATE 

  • Demonstrable experience of running their own merchandising department for both planning & trading.
  • Experience in reporting directly into Senior Management.
  • Demonstrable experience in Range Planning.
  • Demonstrable experience in forecasting & managing OTB.
  • Strong analytical, numerical and Excel Skills.
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work under pressure.
  • A Flexible and enthusiastic individual who has the ability to work to strict deadlines.
  • Proactive approach to problem solving.

Working at Rapha

We are continuously looking into ways to invest in our employees and build a better working culture and environment. Here are just some of the internal benefits we offer. 

  • Flexible working hours 
  • Support ad-hoc remote working during the week 
  • No meeting Fridays - giving you time back for things like personal development
  • Free barista coffee and Friday afternoon social drinks in the office
  • Monthly department social events and quarterly office social away days
  • We offer a flexible riding benefit to allow you to go out riding on a Wednesday morning with colleagues or learn to cycle to cycling through our Getting Started Scheme. 
  • We offer all our employees a 50% apparel discount
  • An annual clothing allowance 
  • Discounted membership to the Rapha Cycling Club 
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Enhanced Parental Leave 

At Rapha, we welcome candidates from all backgrounds. We are always working to create an environment that is focused on equality, inclusion, empowerment and respect.

As part of our continued commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, we would like to invite you to answer a set of voluntary demographic questions. If you choose to answer, the responses will only be used to help us identify areas for improvement in our hiring process and to measure our efforts to recruit diverse and under-represented talent. Your responses, or your choice not to respond, won’t be associated with your specific application and won’t in any way be used in the hiring decision. 

This information will be kept confidential and will be treated according to Rapha’s Privacy Policy, available here.


 

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