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Puma UK - Business Analyst 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

Working alongside the Sales Operations Support team, the purpose of this role is to analyse internal and external data to provide regular reports to Puma's European operation. You will work proactively with the Sales Managers and Support team to obtain, analyse and upload relevant data on to various platforms. The data will relate to Strategic accounts, and will support the business in making key budget allocation decisions.

You will be required to maintain a standard of presentation excellence for the sales information whilst liaising with colleagues across the business both in the UK and internationally. As well as sales related data, you will assist the finance department in the compilation of annual budgets and quarterly forecasting. Additionally, you will work with inventory teams to provide seasonal forecasting data in line with the inventory purchasing cycle.

Ultimately you will gain a broad understanding of the data required to run a successful fast moving retail operation. You will see how data facilitates sales growth and you will be encouraged to contribute to the continuous improvement of sales operation by offering solutions in streamlining processes and reporting infrastructure.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants will be in the second year of a business, finance or economics related subject. This role will form a sandwich placement for the year 2018/19. Applicants must be able to demonstrate highly proficient Excel Skills coupled with the ability to manipulate and present data from numerous sources. This will require outstanding analytical and numerical skills as well as well developed planning and organising skills. Problem solving skills, attention to detail and a high level of accuracy are also important.

Applicants will be quick, bright, talented and adaptable with the ability and willingness to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines. You will be confident to work with others in a lively and demanding sales environment with an outgoing open personality and a strong desire to learn and develop. Team working skills, self motivation and initiative are all essential to this role.

Finally you will be commercially aware with an active interest in both Sports and Fashion.

***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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