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Lead Allocator - Books - WHSmith

Date Posted: May 09, 2023
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Job Description

Job Purpose

At WHSmith our people are at the heart of everything we do. They are the ones that go the extra mile for our customers. The ones that enable our growth. That's why our Merchandising team is passionate about creating an environment where people can be creative and trailblazing in order to do their best work. The Distributor will manage the flow of stock to DCs and stores to deliver optimal availability, sales and profit. You will also be responsible for leading the flow of stock for news stores, refits and new products / promotions.

Who we are

Celebrating 230 years, we're proud to have grown and evolved into a globally recognised brand present in over 30 countries around the world, and we're proud to be that air of familiarity people love and trust on their journey, both in life and through life. As a diverse group of over 11,000 colleagues, we are all on the same journey to a better business through our commitments to our planet, people and the communities we serve.

For UK Travel our mission is simple - to create value for our stakeholders by providing a platform for global brands responsible for essentials and technology in airports (including our InMotion stores), hospitals, rail stations and other markets. Our office is based in a buzzing part of central London close to Liverpool Street Station. We are an ambitious team that thrives on pace, collaboration and innovation resulting in a real entrepreneurial culture at all levels. It's perfect for people who are happy to use their initiative and embrace life outside their comfort zone.

What you'll do

  • Calculation and creation of purchase orders
  • Supplier forecasting
  • DC replenishment
  • Manage store & DC stock level
  • Supplier liaison, including resolving/escalating issues
  • Management of stock intake to achieve month end targets as well as availability and fulfilment targets
  • DC communication & relationship management
  • Chart launch activity (Books)
  • Forecast, plan and stock build for new stores and promotions
  • Work cross functionally with buyers, display planning & operations to ensure excellent promotion and new store execution
  • Line management of Distribution Administrator/Distributor

Who you are

  • Advanced Excel experience - desirable
  • Experience in numerical focused role where in contact with a large amount of data
  • Strong numerical skills with the ability to analyse data
  • Great stakeholder management
  • Excellent organizational ability and strong attention to detail
  • Resilient and adaptable in a fast pace environment
  • Ability to demonstrate problem solving skills, time management and prioritisation
  • Proactive and resourceful
  • Critical path management
  • Leads and develops a positive culture with good interpersonal skills

Reports to

Senior Merchandiser/ Merchandiser


Grade C


London - Houndsditch

What we can offer you

  • Competitive salary
  • Annual bonus based on company and personal performance
  • Hybrid working model from home and in the office
  • 24 Days holiday, plus your Birthday off, plus Bank Holidays with an opportunity to buy extra days holiday
  • Finish at 4pm on a Friday
  • Staff discount card for stores and online

Job Detail

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    , United Kingdom
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    Full Time/Permanent
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    No Preference
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  • Apply Before:
    Jun 19, 2023

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