Head of Merchandise - FMCG

Head of Merchandise - FMCG

Job Title: Head of Merchandise - FMCG
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Melbourne
Reference: 2780931
Contact Name: Lisa Canning
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 20, 2018 14:15

Job Description

What’s in this for you?
  • If you thrive in a culture of change, growth, vision and success, then this will be the opportunity that will re-ignite your passion for leadership, retail, people, product and service
  • Realise the full extent of your leadership mettle in a fast paced, ever-changing environment
  • Lead a sizeable passionate, dedicated, performance-orientated and talented team
  • Be part of a balanced, down to earth culture who value their most important asset – their people
  • Have scope, be empowered, take ownership and accountability
Your prospective employer:

This retailer is a renowned ‘stomping ground’ for product and advice in a specialised yet fast moving category.  Customers are enticed by the depth of range and instore service offering and enjoy shopping the stores as a ‘one stop shop’ for all of their needs in this particular category.  As a category-killer with an expanding national footprint and buoyant sales results, the grass is looking very green for this retailer.  We are now searching for a Head of Merchandise who is hungry to be part of this reputable retailer’s next chapter of success. This is a role where you can make a real difference.

What will you do?

Reporting in at an Exec level, you will bring your experience and credibility to the forefront in the reviewing, setting and executing of the strategic merchandise direction for the business, ensuring its delivery in line with the ‘brand promise.’ One of your immediate areas of focus will be around assessing, implementing and fine-tuning systems and processes to achieve greater efficiencies and returns for the business.  Additionally, a fresh perspective and expert approach to supplier relationships will produce further opportunities for attractive ‘win-win’ outcomes. This is a senior management role  where inspirational leadership and development of your team will be as important as creating the solutions.  You will feel energised, empowered and inspired every day.
Here’s what it will take
  • You are a proven and reputable senior ‘retail merchant’ with a track record operating as a Senior Buying/Merchandise Manager within a member driven/franchise retail environment
  • You know all aspects of buying and category management (range, price, layout, promotions and inventory) like the back of your hand
  • You have solid leadership and people management experience
  • You are proven in your understanding and demonstrated application of the disciplines of Category Management and Buying and in your ability to teach others
  • You always demonstrate sound judgement in anticipating challenges, problem solving, and seeking the right resources to resolve issues
  • You establish with ease a culture that embraces and support individuals career goals, and maximises the learning’s from a diverse team. You are engaging and have a fresh, dynamic, new age thinking style
  • You take a non-hierarchical approach and you are prepared and comfortable getting your hands dirty as much as you are performing the strategic and high level relationship management aspects of the role.
Interest and further queries are welcome.  Please call  Lisa Canning on: 0420 765 026 for a confidential conversation.

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