Junior Merchandisers will usually work alongside other junior members of the team, developing and training them in line with company guidelines. They will liaise with suppliers and other departments to hit deadlines, including making sure deliveries arrive on time. The post holder will be used to analysing sales figures and write forecasts based on sales history. In many cases, Junior Merchandisers will be in charge of buying products for a given department, working with Buyers and other members of the team to create a successful collection of products. They must have an eye for current trends and will be required to help manage some aspects of the critical path.
- Many employers will not require candidates to have a Degree for this role, although courses such as Diplomas in Management or Marketing are available which might be beneficial to some applications.
- In order to progress to this role, most candidates must have past experience working as a Junior Merchandiser or be an established Assistant Merchandiser.
- Most recruiters will state that it is essential for Junior Merchandisers to have good knowledge of the product they will be selling. They must also be capable of working in a fast-paced environment and be computer literate.
- Salaries for a Junior Merchandiser range from around £18,000 to £35,000. This can vary depending on the sector. Along with this, level of experience may also play a role in salary levels.