Head of Buying & Merchandising Footwear in UAE

Visual Merchandise Merchandiser- Leading Fashion Retailer in the Middle East

Amazing opportunity for an experienced, dynamic, and hands on Visual Merchandise Manager to join this very vibrant and hugely successful Retailer!! This company is taking the Middle East by storm with huge expansion plans in the pipeline.

If you come from a large retail background, and are looking to work with a smaller retailer that is growing then this is the role for you!

This company offers a very supportive environment and great opportunities for progression. You need to be hungry for success and ready to work hard for it!

Responsibilities of this role are likely to include:

–          Direct liaison with the brands visual teams with regards to seasonal themes, directions and   implementation

–   Plan and manage the implementation of a seasonal visual merchandising calendar in all stores.

–          Consistently maintain brand visual standards, both windows and interiors of stores and any marketing or other activity that involves the product.

–          Drive product sell-through via effective re-merchandising of stores, working in liaison with Senior Merchandise Planner in Division.

–          Effectively plan VM and store layout for new collection launches.

You will have….

–          Minimum of 4 years’ experience in retail, preferably high end fashion

–          Excellent communication skills

–          Strong awareness of key fashion brands

–          Strong time management skills

–          Excellent coaching, communication and organizational skills

–          High level of attention to details

*** Only candidates that speak Italian fluently will be considered ***

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  • Contact: William Bates
  • Reference: Caterer/WB6594
  • Job ID: 63687943


Merchandiser – Footwear (maternity cover)

About Us

At New Look, our mission is to help people look good and feel great. When it comes to people who work for us, we want individuals to express themselves in an environment where change and new ideas are celebrated. This is because we truly believe every person who works here contributes to our future and where we go.

Job Summary

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Junior Merchandiser or Merchandiser to join our successful Footwear team on a fixed-term contract to cover a maternity leave.

As a Merchandiser, you will be heavily influencial in the development of the marketing group range plan and range build, managing the overall trading plan and developing a high performing team.


  • Ensure all KPI’s for the deptartment are achieved through maximising Sales and Profit whilst minimising Stock, markdown, terminal levels in order to exceed planned profit.
  • Provide accurate sales forecasts to identify stock requirements
  • Manage the in-season Open-to-Buy down to season/category level using the WSSI.
  • Manage promotional and clearance markdown activity within budgeted levels.
  • Consistently manage the supply base, monitoring commitment and intake, controlling mix between direct/in-direct source
  • Work alongside optimisation to ensure optimum stock levels in store.


  • Produce a commercial and balanced range, which reflects the departmental strategy and agreed KPI’s.
  • Identify market and key fashion trends to maintain a detailed understanding of the required product area.
  • Regularly carry out store, competitor and supplier visits.
  • With the dept. buyer, develop departmental strategy and provide analytics to support decision.
  • Work with the buyer to construct a well-balanced range to target the appropriate customer profile.
  • Review and monitor range plans regularly with Buyer to reflect changing sales/trends etc.
  • Incorporate space planning and relevant grading proposals into the planning process to meet store requirements.

Experience and Skills

  • Previous Merchandising experience at a fast-paced Fashion Retailer
  • Footwear experience is desirable, though not essential
  • Good analytical systems knowledge (Excel, Business Objects)
  • WSSI planning experience
  • Leadership
  • Strong interpersonal skills & adaptability
  • Commercial awareness
  • Knowledge of supply chain management

Closing Date: 25/09/2015