Footwear + Equipment Merchandise Manager Mr Price Sport

Durban

Purpose

We have an exciting opportunity for a Merchandise Manager to lead our Footwear & Equipment departments. The ideal candidate will live and breathe sports with a commercial mindset and passion to make an active lifestyle accessible for everyone.

The Merchandise Manager will lead and enable a buying team to plan, source and execute an appealing product assortment (style, quantity and quality), of distinctive value, at the best price, aligned to the Company’s strategic objectives, which delights our customers in order to maximize sales and net profit. Effectively manage product life cycle in order to ensure that the right product is available in stores at the right time.

 

Key Responsibilities

Analysis:
Lead, enable and oversee the analysis of customer purchasing trends in the current season as well as in the previous season, in order to maximize sales in the current season and to apply learnings of previous seasons into the next seasonal strategy.
Trend and Competitor Research:
Lead, enable and oversee trend and competitor analysis both locally and internationally in order to monitor market changes, competitor pricing, products and trends, to ensure that we delight our customers with wanted on trend product at the right price.
Seasonal Strategy:
Lead, enable and oversee the creation of a seasonal strategy in collaboration with planning, in order to plan the product assortment, spend allocation, supplier plan and marketing focus for the season so as to achieve the Company’s strategic objectives.
Assortment Building:
Lead, enable and oversee the preparation and presentation for approval a well -considered product assortment according to the approved seasonal strategy which will delight our customers with wanted product at the right value.
Execution of product assortment:
Lead, enable and oversee the booking and execution of the approved product assortment in line with the approved budget and quality standards, either with resourcing, agent/s or independently and track the critical path in order to ensure that product is delivered in store at the right time so that sales targets can be achieved.
Requirements

Education:
Diploma or Degree in Retail Management.
Experience:
7+ years of Retail buying experience / Retail Experience.
3+ years of people management or mentorship and development experience
Manufacturing experience (advantageous).
Knowledge/ Skills:
Knowledge of Sport Footwear & Equipment products, Product Construction, Quality Standards & Fabrications.
Mathematics skills.
Negotiation skills.
Presentation Skills.
Leadership and People Management skills.
Computer Literacy.
Commercial acumen.
About Us

Mr Price Group is a high growth, omnichannel, fashion-value retailer with 6 trading divisions, namely: mrp ; mrphome; mrpsport; Miladys; sheetstreet and mrpmoney.

We’re movers and shakers.

We pride ourselves on our fast-moving, fast-working and collaborative culture. Our extensive market-leading retail knowledge means that our environment fosters creativity, curiosity, and a need for exploration.

We employ over 16000 incredible people, and retail in over 1000 South African based stores, almost 100 international stores, and through our online channels offering our full product assortments.

Mr Price Group is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to Employment Equity.