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Forecast Analyst

Job reference: 004491

Closing date: 15/01/2022

Salary: £24,000 plus excellent benefits

Department: Merchandising

Hours per week: 36.17

N Brown Group has been trading in the heart of Manchester for over 150 years. Our vision is to become the universally loved experts in fashion that fits by helping our customers’ look and feel amazing through our trusted family of brands

Our people are passionate about customer service, enriched with data and powered by the latest technology to drive our business forward. As we continue to invest in our goal of becoming a leading digital retailer there’s never been a better time to join us!

The Merchandise Analyst plays a key role in producing initial departments budgets based upon our top line company forecast and revised forecasts down to product level to inform both planning and trading decisions. The ideal candidate will be highly analytical, with excellent Excel skills and ideally come from a merchandising or data analyst background.

This role involves working cross-functionally with a number of different departments and with stakeholders of all levels, so excellent communication skills are essential.

What you’ll be responsible for:

  • Producing initial department budgets by product offer for given departments based on company forecast.
  • Reforecasting budgets on a weekly basis based on actual demand.
  • Producing and maintaining budget plans vs. actual MI. Highlighting any areas of concern making appropriate recommendations.
  • Develop MI reports to support forecasts and ensure all relevant stakeholders have access to correct performance data and statistics.
  • Working closely with the Merchandising function to ensure their product forecasts accurately assist the department.
  • Providing detailed sales analysis to the Head of Merchandising and Merchandising Operations Forecasting Manger for weekly trading meetings and reviews.
  • Acting as liaison between various departments in the business and understanding the needs of all stakeholders.

What you will need to succeed:

  • Ideally educated to degree level or equivalent in a numerical or analytical field such as Maths, Economics or Business.  A high standard of numerical ability is essential – Maths at A-Level or above would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrable work experience either as a Data Analyst or within a retail head office merchandising environment.
  • High level of computer literacy including advanced Excel skills (Vlookups, Pivot Tables essential). Knowledge of SQL is highly desirable.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work closely with stakeholders of all levels.
  • Excellent attention to detail.

In return, you’ll receive great training, varied and exciting development opportunities and a competitive salary and benefits package.

Employees in our business may have access to our customers’ personal data therefore for a number of our roles, offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory criminal record check. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an individual from obtaining a position with N Brown Group.


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