Assistant buyer and assistant merchandiser (level 6)
Sourcing, selecting, maintaining and delivering the right products to meet demand and business objectives.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
- Typical duration
- 24 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Sales, marketing and procurement
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- Assistant buyer
- Assistant merchandiser
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Apply understanding of customer and business operations to inform decisions on product and service portfolio management.
- Selects and merchandises products that enhance the company brand image and product portfolio.
- Anticipates the need for products and ensures that the buying process enables their effective delivery to the customer
- Delivers and articulates supported recommendations regarding the introduction or withdrawal of a product and product range.
- Analyse and react to main influences on Buying and Merchandising plans, taking appropriate actions as a result.
- Leads the team to construct the key buying and merchandising objectives and plans for the specific product range to reach or exceed sales at forecasted levels.
- Makes appropriate managerial decisions to ensure the departmental approach to selecting products and services balances quality and commerciality
- Uses management -based monitoring procedures throughout the buying and merchandising process, taking account of legal and other requirements to ensuring product compliance is maintained.
- Critically evaluate and advocate opportunities presented by new technologies taking account of how they will impact on the product range, fulfilment and consumer behaviour.
- Analyses appropriate cost and income influences on buying and merchandising plans to make informed decisions
- Through their influence as a leader, looks to use digital opportunities to drive sales and profitability across all channels where appropriate
- Demonstrates how to negotiate in a manner that obtains the optimum outcome for the business
- Through their leadership and management of the team, demonstrates a strategic approach to the relationship with other departments.
- Anticipates potential problems and opportunities through the effective liaison at the appropriate level with other teams and functions.
- Critically reviews and revises plans and forecasts for the function, taking into account the latest trend analyses, to produce the range.
- Develops and implements a ‘People Plan’, that is effective in ensuring sufficient team capacity and capabilities to deliver on business objectives
- Demonstrates an effective leadership style in achieving the key business objectives.
- Ensure continuous personal and team development to enhance delivery
- By using data, analyse and predict the customer’s current and future needs and purchasing trends, including how the customer journey is impacted
- Using critical research, construct a customer engagement plan identifying the effective and profitable channels to market.
- Demonstrate effective problem solving and time management skills, and an expert written and verbal communication style
- : Assess the impact that they have on key external relationships, and adjusts their style to ensure that they achieve maximum benefit for the business
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