Interview with: A MERCHANDISE PLANNER

This week, we interviewed a merchandise planner and found out how we, as consumers, choose what we choose in shops… those specifically placed rows before you get to the tills that you just can’t resist, that’s what merchandise planners plan!

  • WHAT IS YOUR JOB TITLE?

Merchandise planner

  • HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING SINCE LEAVING FULL-TIME EDUCATION?

12 years

  • WHAT ARE YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR IN YOUR ROLE?

Stock management, range planning, trading decisions, data analysis, intake management, financial modelling and strategizing

  • WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WORKDAY LOOK LIKE?

No day is ever the same in retail, genuinely! Days can vary from running analysis and setting up reports to reviewing what products we have in a range and totally changing the offering.

  • WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

The fact that I learn something new almost every day.

  • WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE LOOKING TO GET INTO YOUR INDUSTRY?

Make sure retail is really an industry you want to get into, especially as at the moment it’s quite tough and I think there will be a lot of changes and challenges over the next decade or so. I would always recommend working for a company within whatever industry you join (especially retail) that have values that align with your own.

  • WHAT ARE THE MAIN QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED FOR YOUR ROLE/INDUSTRY?

Definitely A level or equivalent and I believe a degree is preferred, however I am not educated to degree level and have managed more than fine.

  • WHO WAS YOUR ROLE MODEL GROWING UP?

I can’t really recall…names that come to mind though are Karen Brady and Lauren Conrad! Haha.

  • IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF ANY ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

It would definitely be to refocus some of the energy that I put into the social aspect of my life, and put it into researching and building knowledge on what different roles there are out there, what I could get into and what would bring me long term happiness. If I had done that, I have no doubt my career path would have looked very different.

PAY RANGE IN £ (TOTAL PACKAGE): 

A = up to 20k
B = 21-30k
C = 31-50k<<
D = 50-70k
E = 70k +