The purpose of the role is to be the link between the Head of Merchandising & the Merchandising departments at Rapha, whilst also planning & trading the Lifestyle department. Working alongside the Product Teams ensuring a balanced and commercial product range, which achieves the brand and departmental strategy. Working with trading teams to maximise sales and profit opportunities.

The Role:

  • Manage the Merchandising department’s Planning & Trading processes
  • Working with the Head of Merchandising to collate & report on Planning & Trading
  • Deputies when needed for the Head of Merchandising 
  • Range Planning, review pasts seasons performance and build learnings into future ranges
  • Manages 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 & 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:

  • Must have experience running multiple departments both Planning & Trading
  • Experience in reporting directly into Senior Management whilst also managing a large team
  • Experienced in Range Planning
  • Experienced 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
  • Shared 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. 

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