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Account Manager / Senior Merchandiser - Manchester

The position of a Retail Account Manager / Merchandiser is an integral role within a small and driven team where you will act as the interface between the supplier and the customer.
Square Peg are working with a client who has over 30 years of success within clothing and accessories, and is looking for an Account Manger / Merchandiser who will have the opportunity to look after and develop existing accounts over time.
You will successfully manage the day to day contact with key accounts and respond promptly to communications, taking appropriate actions to manage critical path.
The company has a proactive and energetic buying team and you have the opportunity to become a pivotal part of their growth, based at their head office in Manchester.  
Duties:
  • Identify new product areas and opportunities for the company.
  • Be heavily involved with the product development, sampling and deign briefs.
  • Building strong relationships with the manufacturers, suppliers, customers and agents
  • Attend customer meetings to discuss new and existing ranges and identify any missed opportunities
  • Checking and validating purchase orders for cost prices, dates and quantities
  • Managing  the critical path and ensure that deliveries arrive on time, constantly tracking and chasing them
  • Work with specific high street accounts ensuring product ranges are manufactured on time and to budget
  • Up selling  of key product lines to customers
  • Periodically attend visits to oversees customers, a few times a year only
  • Be responsible for highlighting any problems or delays efficiently
  • Be responsible for managing key accounts ensuring a smooth running at all times
  • Raise orders to off-shore agents and factories
  • Liaise with the Accounts Department regarding invoices and monthly movement reports
  • Carry out order checks / sample checking, garment sizing, raising any issues 
Skills / Experience / Attributes:
  • You will be commercially minded, having a good understanding of what is / isn't selling and how to maximise profitability.
  • Effective communicator, successful at building long term/profitable relationships
  • Have experience within a similar role and all round knowledge of Merchandising, Critical Path with Account Management and Sales
  • A high level of communication and negotiating skills are required to succeed in this position
  • You should thrive off solving problems
  • Be able to work well under pressure
  • Good all round IT and communication skills - use of Microsoft Office, Word & Excel skills
Should you wish to apply for this fantastic position and become an integral part of a well known brand then please forward an up to date CV in confidence to Jennifer Jones at Square Peg Associates.


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