The Level 6 Assistant Buyer & Assistant Merchandiser apprenticeship develops individuals to work in roles involved with sourcing, selecting, maintaining and delivering the right products to meet demand and business objectives.
This role is typically found in the retail sector across a range of company types and using effective business forecasting, risk and opportunity analysis, creativity and business insight, buyers and merchandisers anticipate and shape customer demand and market trends.
Duration: 24 months
Assistant Buyers and Merchandisers achieve their objectives by developing and implementing strategies to ensure current and future customer demand is researched, anticipated and satisfied. Their required knowledge, skills and behaviours include:
Understand the overall product portfolio and brand image that their company is promoting to the customer
Understand how to identify current and future buying and loyalty behaviours of existing and potential customer groups
Understand the impact of the buying critical path on the effective operation of the buying function
Understand when a product and product range has reached the end of its lifecycle
Understands the key factors that influence UK and global markets, including economic and political activity
Knows how to effectively build relationships with key external stakeholders
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
Analyse and react to main influences on Buying and Merchandising plans, taking appropriate actions as a result
Analyses appropriate cost and income influences on buying and merchandising plans to make informed decisions
Demonstrates how to negotiate in a manner that obtains the optimum outcome for the business
Acts as an ambassador for the buying and merchandising function and the business
Is resilient, responsible and commercially aware
Leads and takes the initiative
Seeks opportunities to develop themselves and the team
Builds relationships across the whole function and beyond
Is creative in their approach to the role
"Despite the challenges faced this year, SCL have been nothing but empathetic, flexible and supportive throughout.
We are looking forward to continuing our partnership and developing new apprentices with SCL in 2021!”
N Brown Group PLC
“My Apprenticeship with SCL has supported me in my current role tremendously.
A vast majority of what I have learnt has been applicable to my day-to-day work."
Buy It Direct