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ASOS Merchandising Administrator Apprenticeship
The role: Merchandising Administrator Apprentice
Where is it based: Greater London House, Mornington Crescent, London
The hours: 9.00am – 5.30pm (Monday to Thursday)
9.00am – 5.00pm (Friday)
The Story so far…
ASOS burst on to the scene in 2000 and hasn’t looked back. We are the UK’s number one fashion and beauty destination, and as a recent survey showed, we are the second most visited fashion website on the planet. We ship to over 190 countries and also have specific sites targeting the USA, French and German, Italian and Australian markets. With much excitement we opened our office in Sydney in January 2012 and New York in September 2012, France and Germany following soon after. This is all part of our strategy, which we call ASOS Future.
Our ambition is to be the world’s no.1 online fashion brand for 20-somethings, having set ourselves a target to reach £1bn annual sales by 2015. Therefore it is really important to us that we continue to attract top talent across the globe to help us realise our goals.
The ASOS Way
We do things a certain way – The ASOS Way. It’s our DNA and runs through every single thing we do here – it defines who we are, what we do and how we do it. Some things change, these don’t.
We are Passionate; we are proud to be a part of ASOS, we always give our best and we celebrate our successes.
We are Customer Obsessed; we know our customers love fashion and we understand what they want, we know our stuff inside and out, we put our customers at the heart of everything we do.
We Restlessly Innovate; we don’t stand still, we give it a go and we’re brave.
We are Collaborative and Respectful; We work together to get the job done, we grow ideas from within, we make things happen and we do the right thing.
People are the future of our business and we have really big ideas. We know we need people who can turn these ideas into reality – it’s our people that make the difference.
Merchandisers are integral to the success of ASOS. Working closely with the Buying team, Merchandisers are responsible for planning and building ranges and taking control of stock levels so that they can maximise profit. The teams all work towards a common goal of building the department into a prominent department within ASOS.com and the competitive arena. This goes from managing intake and suppliers, to forecasting and trading, up to range planning and strategising. Without merchandisers, there would be no stock to sell!
We currently have a great opportunity for a Merchandising Administrator to join our exciting and fast paced Merchandising team. You will be required to develop strong relationships with current and new suppliers, as you will be responsible for liaising with suppliers to manage delivery of stock into the business. You will manage updating the site with new styles, ensuring they are in the correct customer facing categories. You will be required to run daily and weekly sales reports and suggest actions as appropriate. There will also be a need to provide ad-hoc support to the department as required, for example sizing orders, running reports and answering stock queries.
Skills and experience you will need:
We are passionate about our people; they’re the future of our business, which is why we invest time and effort in recruiting the perfect match! Our employees are passionate about ASOS, their role and the overall success of the company. We are all motivated to drive our own success and achieve individual objectives. Communication is key to any role here as our employees continually build relationships at all levels across the business. We’re fast paced, so all employees need to able to adapt to change pretty quickly, be enthused and excited about what’s around the corner for us.
• Previous experience of working in the fashion industry is preferred
• Awareness of current trends and what is happening in retail.
• High organisation skills, able to use initiative and to work in pressurised environment.
• Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately with colleagues, suppliers and others at all levels.
• Keen attention to detail.
• Computer literate able to use both word and excel applications to an intermediate/advanced level.
• High numerical competency – at least grade C GCSE maths.
• Flexible, self motivated and enthusiastic.
• Knowledge of and passion for Merchandising and the desire to create a career in the merchandising field.