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Puma UK - Merchandising Sandwich Placement 2018-19

***Applications will only be considered from applicants applying through the www.step.org.uk website. Please do not email directly in to PUMA as any such applications will not be considered***

PUMA is one of the world’s leading sport lifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. It is committed to working in ways that contribute to the world by supporting Creativity, Sustainability and Peace, and by staying true to the principles of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative in decisions made and actions taken.

The Puma UK operation is purely a wholesale operation with c250 employees across 3 sites. All design is done in the US or Germany with the manufacturing being done overseas.

The Role

This is an excellent opportunity to gain an overall understanding of merchandising through working with every area of the business and with all team members, but don't confuse this with a visual merchandising placement!

Puma UK's operation is purely a wholesale operation, and the merchandisers select the correct products from the whole international range for the UK market. This requires an awareness of trends, and you will produce monthly product and trend reports for distribution. You must also have an awareness of markets, competitor information and innovation in the market, and you will undertake a review of competitors’ activity in terms of product, quality, availability and retail support.

You will work closely with the sales team and buyers to forecast demand, plan manufacturing and get the ordering right. This will give you an insight into the function of the Supply, Planning & Purchasing Team and its relation to the Merchandising Department.

Ultimately, you will work across the footwear, apparel, and team sports departments producing reports and analysing the ranges. This will include ensuring they have the right stock in the right amounts, and researching competitors to see how/ what they are doing.

You will also assist with the implementation of product launches. This involves sourcing samples, setting up displays, travelling to the showrooms and showcasing the range to retail buyers.

You will work closely with the Merchandise Managers and the Merchandise Assistants, and will get involved with administrative support. Finally you will assist in the compilation of a best practice document after having gained experience in all areas of product merchandising.

Skills Required

You will be a current student on a fashion related business, marketing or retail degree course looking to undertake your sandwich placement in 2018-19

You will have a good level of planning and organising skills, and will be self-motivated with the ability to work on your own initiative. You will have well-developed problem solving skills, and the ability to make decisions with conflicting information. You will be a confident, assertive and hardworking individual with excellent communication skills. You must have strong interpersonal and networking skills, with the ability to work as part of a team.

Excellent written and spoken English and knowledge of MS Office computer packages will be of benefit. Due to the analytic nature of the role, strong excel skills will be beneficial.

You must be able to demonstrate your strong interest in and passion for sportstyle and sport.
Finally, you will be commercially aware and have a desire to make a difference for a global market leader.

***We advise all interested parties to apply well before the deadline. We reserve the right to close advertisements prior to the stated deadline.***

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