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Assistant Merchandiser - Seasonal Events & Gift Wrap

John Lewis Partnership
£30,200.00 - £45,400.00 Annual
Closing date
22 Apr 2024

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Retail and Wholesale
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Our Purpose

Working in Partnership for a happier world - our shared Purpose that guides us in everything we do and inspires 3 important principles; happier people, happier business, happier world. The John Lewis Partnership is a truly unique business, one that seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of everyone.

At a glance
  • This is a hybrid working role, therefore your time will primarily be split between working from home and the London Victoria office. The Merchandising team aims for 2 days a week in the office to connect. There will also be other travel required on a more ad-hoc basis to attend key meetings.
  • The Partnership salary range for this role is set at £30,200-£45,400.
  • This position is a 12 month fixed term contract.
About the role

We are looking for an Assistant Merchandiser to join the Seasonal Events and Gift Wrap team on a fixed term contract for 12 months.

In this role, you will be working closely with your buyer under guidance of your category lead to plan and optimise the best range for customers within your area: Through analysing commercial inputs and ensuring effective range planning and price architecture to deliver market leading assortments.

Ensuring that we plan the most efficient stock flow throughout the category, maximising opportunities as they arise to potentialise the outcome for both customers and your category and ensure the delivery of agreed KPIs (including; sales, profit, stock, SKUs, availability, margin and risk management). Liaising with our central operations teams to capitalise on commercial opportunities, controlling stock levels, liaising with the warehouses and managing delivery schedules within agreed targets whilst delivering KPIs.

You will be accountable for: Inputting Weekly Sales Stock Intake (WSSI), Accurately planning and forecasting sales, stock, profit and SKUs for the Category Lead and Trade Planning team. With support from your Category Lead, you will also be accountable for forecasting assortment sales, margin KPIs, deciding Open to Buy parameters that meet commercial and customer targets. Ensuring the commercial success of the product range through effective range planning and agile in-season trading, using analysis and reporting from Product Operations. This is a predominantly branded assortment area and you will thrive on working in a fast paced environment.

You will form strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to manage the flow of stock and control availability; ensuring strong availability whilst minimising inventory and supply chain costs. In a fast-paced and agile working environment, you will work collaboratively with stakeholders such as Buyers, Category Leads, Heads of Merchandising, Supply Chain, Trade Planning, Sourcing, Trading Operations team and Design and Product Technology teams.

Essential skills you'll need
  • Experience in planning and ranging
  • Proven experience of in season trading
  • Strong ability using excel, google sheets etc.
  • Proven analytical and data analysis skills
  • Task Managing Merchandising Operation Assistant(s)
Benefits of the Partnership and the role

- Hybrid Working.

- Full - time working holiday entitlement 22 days holiday, plus public and bank holidays (this is prorated for part time hours).

- Excellent work life balance, including focus on well being and flexible working and our marketing leading equal parenthood leave Policy

- Defined Contribution pension scheme where your contributions will be matched by the Partnership (up to 8% of pay) and, after three years' service, you'll receive an additional Partnership contribution of 4% of pay, regardless of whether you pay in or not

- You'll get Partnership discount in store and online once you complete your Earning Membership period. That's 25% off in John Lewis (12% off electrical products, some exclusions apply) and 20% in Waitrose (some exclusions apply) You'll also be able to nominate someone you live with to share your discount.

- Simple cycle to work support scheme

- We're really proud of our exclusive hotels based in some of Britain's most beautiful areas and once you've been with us for three months, you're welcome to explore them

- Learn more about our extensive range of exciting benefits that you could enjoy when you join us, visit - ttps://

Next Steps
  • The application form consists of a CV upload followed by application questions. Please ensure you refresh the page each time you complete a task to ensure you complete everything that you need to in time. (If internal, check your Workday notifications and see further guidance on the PDW under "Internal application process").
  • Once you've submitted an application the next steps of the process, if successful, are likely to include a 1 stage face to face interview w/c 1st April 2024
  • You'll be asked about any adjustments you might need to support the recruitment process. Let us know, and we'll be sure to discuss it with you.
  • Thanks for your patience in the meantime and for showing an interest in joining John Lewis Partnership.
For internal use only:

Internally this role is known as Merchandiser Level 8.

You can view a copy of the full job outline here: Merchandiser





At the John Lewis Partnership, we embrace our differences. We want you to be you. Because, well, we know you're at your best when you're free to be yourself. Being a truly inclusive employer to us means creating an environment which celebrates your contribution, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, social background, religion or belief. It's why we've set our own aim to become the UK's most inclusive business - for our Partners (employees) and our customers. We firmly believe that our future success lies in diversity of thought from all Partners and it's integral in our mission to build a happier world. We welcome applications from everyone interested in working for us. And, once you're a Partner, your differences will make all the difference. Find out more about D&I in the Partnership here -

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The John Lewis Partnership is the UK’s largest employee-owned business and home to our two cherished retail brands - John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners. Over the next few years, we’re looking to diversify beyond just retail into areas like Financial Services and Build to rent properties, making it an extremely exciting time to join us. We already have job opportunities aside from those in our shops, from project managers to software development, you might be surprised by what we can offer.

Our Purpose

The Partnership is on a journey, an ongoing experiment to find happier, more trusted ways of doing business and all of our Partners (employees) have a part to play. The Partnership is owned entirely in trust by our Partners meaning we’re more than employees, we share knowledge, profit and power.

By joining the Partnership you’ll be joining a unique kind of business. One that puts people before profits and looks to make a positive difference, not just to ourselves, but to the communities we serve and work with, all over the world.

It’s this shared purpose that drives us and we believe that by working together, we can help create a place with happier people, for a happier business and a happier world.

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Our Values and Democracy

Being a Partner, a co-owner in the Partnership, makes you so much more than just an employee. Because of this, it comes with a different set of responsibilities compared to working in other organisations.

As Partners, it’s our role to ensure that our democracy and business continues to thrive by asking the right questions and holding each and everyone of us to account, including our leaders. But we do so in a way that holds true to our values, treating everyone with kindness and respect, with our own integrity and with the best intentions of the Partnership’s success at heart.

It’s a powerful, unique way of doing business, a way in which we think is for the better.

It’s YOU we’re interested in

At the John Lewis Partnership, we positively celebrate diversity & inclusion, truly embracing individuals’ contributions, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion or belief.

That’s why creating an inclusive culture is, and always will be, at the heart of our business. It’s vital for our future success.

If you read deeper into the Partnership’s Purpose – Working in Partnership for a Happier World – you’ll see that it is held up by three key pillars; Happier People, Happier Business and Happier World. Without a DE&I strategy led by our Partners, our Happier People pillar wouldn’t stand, which means we also couldn’t deliver on Happier Business or World either.

You see, our happier business first starts with happier people, enjoying worthwhile and satisfying work in a supportive environment we all help to create. We treat people with fairness, courtesy and respect, and we work with others who do the same. We create an inclusive environment and celebrate diversity with our Partners, customers and the communities we serve.

Find out more about DE&I at JLP:

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Applying to Join Us

As an employer committed to accessibility and disability inclusion, we are committed to treating all our job applicants fairly and without prejudice. We continuously ensure our recruitment process supports individuals with any disability, whether mental or physical, and actively encourage candidates to contact us before applying to discuss what reasonable adjustments can be made to support them.

We will do as much as we can to support you with completing your application. Depending on the position you are apply for, this could involve help with the following:

  • Online tests
  • 1-2-1 Interviews
  • Group exercise / Individual exercise
  • Reading and Writing
  • Using a computer
  • Interpreting information
  • Presenting
  • And more…

For more information on the support available to you. Please visit our careers website:

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