Buying and Merchandising L4 Apprentice

OPTIC AID (UK) LTD

Yeadon Leeds, LS19 7DP

Closes in 29 days (Thursday 22 August)

Posted on 4 July 2024


Summary

Main Purpose of the Role : To develop products to take to market which meet the core values of the Opticaid/Remaldi® brand whilst meeting the latest buying trends and hitting company sales and profit targets.

Annual wage
£12,480 a year

Minimum wage rates (opens in new tab)

The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Buying and merchandising assistant (level 4)
Hours
9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. 30-minutes for lunch. 37.5 hours per week.

37 hours a week

Possible start date

Wednesday 25 September

Duration

1 Year 6 Months

Positions available

1

Work

As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

The apprentice will receive full on the job training with the employer as well as 20%off the job training, they will have full support from SCL Education. The apprentice will gain a Level 4 in Buying and Merchandising.

Where you’ll work

Opticaid UK LTD

Sizers Court

Henshaw Lane

Yeadon Leeds

LS19 7DP

Training

An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation

SCL EDUCATION & TRAINING LIMITED

Your training course

Buying and merchandising assistant (level 4)

Equal to higher national certificate (HNC)

Course contents
  • Uses their market/industry knowledge to contribute to new product development and innovation
  • Contributes to the building of customer focused ranges to meet the brand identity of the business
  • Ensures product quality and legal compliance by working within industry standards, regulations and legislation to source, purchase and sell goods
  • Ensures accurate implementation of the critical path prioritising actions accordingly
  • Negotiates in a manner that balances the need for a sound financial return, with the need to operate ethically, honestly and fairly
  • Monitors agreed performance targets with suppliers to manage ongoing supplier relationships
  • Applies the organisation strategy to buying and/or merchandising to ensure strategic objectives are met
  • Applies an ethical and sustainable approach to the buying and merchandising process in line with policies and procedures to achieve legal compliance
  • Ensures the agreed route to market is delivered and maintained successfully so that objectives are met
  • Works with external and internal departments (for example, marketing, distribution, suppliers) to build relationships to drive sales activity and support the delivery of the business objectives across all channels
  • Uses data to support decisions to influence both the strategic and operational direction of the buying and/or merchandising approach.
  • Demonstrates accurate application of systems in analysing data (for example, customer trends, buying patterns, stock rotation and levels)
  • Evaluates commercial performance to support proposed actions for both good and poor product performers
  • Demonstrates anticipation of customer buying and product patterns to forecast future demand
  • Articulates relevant ideas and opinions towards trends and competitor activity so that opportunities may be identified
  • Applies customer profile/trend data to inform the development of a range, products and services
  • Formulates and communicates customer propositions
  • Develops self and individuals to improve personal and team performance and capability
  • Demonstrates commercial buying and merchandising within a financial framework
  • Operates in a manner that produces the required financial rate of return for the business
  • Coaches and mentors new/less experienced colleagues
  • Analyses and presents business data to support achievement of business strategies, brand and KPIs
  • Ensures effective stock management to support the delivery of the sales and profit forecasts
  • Uses their market/industry knowledge to contribute to new product development and innovation
  • Contributes to the building of customer focused ranges to meet the brand identity of the business
  • Ensures product quality and legal compliance by working within industry standards, regulations and legislation to source, purchase and sell goods
  • Ensures accurate implementation of the critical path prioritising actions accordingly
  • Negotiates in a manner that balances the need for a sound financial return, with the need to operate ethically, honestly and fairly
  • Monitors agreed performance targets with suppliers to manage ongoing supplier relationships
  • Applies the organisation strategy to buying and/or merchandising to ensure strategic objectives are met
  • Applies an ethical and sustainable approach to the buying and merchandising process in line with policies and procedures to achieve legal compliance
  • Ensures the agreed route to market is delivered and maintained successfully so that objectives are met
  • Works with external and internal departments (for example, marketing, distribution, suppliers) to build relationships to drive sales activity and support the delivery of the business objectives across all channels
  • Uses data to support decisions to influence both the strategic and operational direction of the buying and/or merchandising approach.
  • Demonstrates accurate application of systems in analysing data (for example, customer trends, buying patterns, stock rotation and levels)
  • Evaluates commercial performance to support proposed actions for both good and poor product performers
  • Demonstrates anticipation of customer buying and product patterns to forecast future demand
  • Articulates relevant ideas and opinions towards trends and competitor activity so that opportunities may be identified
  • Applies customer profile/trend data to inform the development of a range, products and services
  • Formulates and communicates customer propositions
  • Develops self and individuals to improve personal and team performance and capability
  • Demonstrates commercial buying and merchandising within a financial framework
  • Operates in a manner that produces the required financial rate of return for the business
  • Coaches and mentors new/less experienced colleagues
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.

    Requirements

    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade 5 to 9)
    • maths (grade 5 to 9 )
    • Any (grade Level C or above)
    • Any (grade Level C or above)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.

    Skills

    • Communication skills
    • IT skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Administrative skills
    • Number skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Creative
    • Initiative

    Other requirements

    This is a an 18-month qualification and full commitment is needed from the applicant.

    About this company

    Opticaid pride themselves in developing and selling their own brand of Remaldi eyewear which is now synonymous with great quality, design, and choice. Successful family run business with over 34 years experience. Ability to progress within the company for the successful candidate. This role interfaces with a number of other job roles and contributes significantly to the success of the buying/merchandise team.

    http://www.opticaid.net (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    The apprentice will be able to progress to a Level 6 in Buying and merchandising once they have completed their Level 4.

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:

    OPTIC AID (UK) LTD

    Gillian Marchbank

    gillian@opticaid.net

    01132391400

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000261831.

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    Closes in 29 days (Thursday 22 August)

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