Merchandisers do the big-picture thinking that decides where our styles go. Knowing the difference between what works in Edinburgh in winter and what’s right for springtime in London is on you. You could make the difference between just another look and the big hit of the season. Get set to make key strategic decisions, boost our bottom line, and make the role your own.
There’s more to Merchandising than number crunching. You’ll be the sort of plugged-in, offbeat thinker who can spot the trends that will drive sales.
Starting out as a Merchandiser Admin Assistant (MAA), you’ll help make sure our products are in the right place, at the right time – whether it’s in store or online. As well as staying on top of everyday admin tasks, a big part of your role will be allocating new stock to stores. A skilful balancing act, it’s all about satisfying demand while not over-allocating stock so that we don’t have to mark prices down.
Analysing and presenting customer buying and sales patterns, you’ll help guide the whole process, maximising profit opportunities and getting to know our customers and stores inside out. One day you might be assessing sales figures, next you’ll consult with Buyers over a product sample to decide where to launch our latest creation. You’ll build excellent working relationships with Distribution, Branch Merchandising and the Buyers Admin Assistant in your department, as well as managing your UK-based and international suppliers.
Due to the massive global growth we’ve seen, a number of International MAA opportunities are also there for the taking.
In this role, you’ll be looking after all categories for one region. Immersing yourself in a different culture, you’ll become an expert on what sells.
Whichever role you go for, you’ll be involved in a lot of big decisions from day one. So if your style is all about making an impact, we’d love to hear from you.
A born explorer who cares about the fine details, you’re the sort of person who spots the insights others miss. You have the imagination to see beyond the obvious and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
Our Merchandisers come from all kinds of backgrounds. If you’re comfortable with numbers and you live and breathe fashion, you’re good to go.
Some in-store retail experience is a bonus, and you’ll also know your way round an Excel spreadsheet.
But what really matters is that you have the hunger to turn the numbers into business decisions that’ll have our products flying off the racks.
I’m a massive planner, which really helps in Merchandising – even if some people might find it annoying!
Merchandise Admin Assistant, Burton
With design launches and new bestsellers every week, it’s all about fast-paced planning. Whether forecasting sales or reviewing trends, you’ll look after next season’s profits.
This is all about account management for our partners and liaising with suppliers, factories and customers.
If the UK’s not big enough for you, take the global view. You’ll get to know customers – and how to manage profit – in markets around the world.
For all you Detail Kings and Queens, here’s the chance to get to know a local area and their customers in great depth.
All of our people share the same Arcadia DNA (our Leadership Expectations) they strive to Be ambitious, Be innovative, Be successful, Be inspirational and Be courageous. They reflect our values and will help you to build the skills and abilities you need to progress your career and drive business growth.
Our Merchandising teams are at the core of our business, and we have a robust technical offering designed to support you on your journey with us. From technical training on our in-house systems, masterclasses from industry experts and personal development workshops, we give you the tools you need to do your job, but you are in charge of driving your own development. At Arcadia you will always be encouraged to take action, be curious and continually develop your career.
Think about the key skills and competencies we are looking for, be ready to say why you want to work for us and why you’ve chosen the role.
Both on Arcadia and the specific
role you’re applying for.
Make sure you use a range of examples to highlight and back up your abilities, we like to hear about anything from work experience, hobbies and skills you have developed during your studies.
Make sure you check your written application and CV for
any mistakes, accuracy and grammar discrepancies.
When you meet us, smile, make lots of eye contact, be positive and most importantly be yourself at all times. You got to this stage because you’re good…remember that!
We love meeting people who are clued up on what we do, and having some great questions prepared is the perfect way for you to show this. Most importantly, ask the questions that matter to you.
Make your application online. All you will need to do at this stage is follow a few simple steps and have the most recent version of your CV ready to upload!
Receive a link to our online assessment and video interview. This includes a series of scenario based and numerical reasoning questions, the email should provide you with all of the information you need before you start (make sure you check your junk email if you do not receive this).
Meet us in person at an assessment centre. We’ll give you heaps more information on this stage when you get there!
Attend a final stage interview with the brand. We will make sure you have everything you need to nail this!