Overview of the role
The Head of Clothing Buying and Merchandising will be the visionary leader shaping the customer experience across seven dynamic markets with 50 stores. This role involves extensive travel to our MENA markets and the UK for seasonal buying fairs, contributing to the strategic commercial planning, pre-buying, and responsive market adaptation.
Role Challenges and Opportunities: Navigate the intricacies of commercial trading planning, maintain agility in response to market changes, and influence strategic thinking to bring the right products to our diverse markets.
Team and Reporting Structure: Lead a dynamic team of 29 with direct reports comprising four individuals. Collaboration with cross-functional departments is pivotal, and a newly created role for Space Planning, Cataloguing, and Grading Manager adds a unique dimension to our team.
Marks & Spencer MENA currently operates in 7 Markets: UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon and Oman. Candidate must be able to travel to the above Markets plus to the UK to attend Seasonal Buying Fairs.
Company Culture and Values: At Marks and Spencer, we prioritize cultural alignment with values centered around Inspiration, Innovation, In Touch, and Integrity.
What you will do
Your success will be measured by delivering the buying and sales plan, implementing effective succession planning, formulating business unit strategy, utilizing prompt data and AI for optimal product placement, and launching brand propositions effectively by:
Formulating an annual business plan that aligns with customer preferences.
Constantly seeking business opportunities to increase Sales and Cash Margin.
Leading and managing Senior Merchandizers in planning appropriate Sales, Cash Margin, and Space.
Ensuring effective OTB planning and e-Commerce Buy.
Defining and communicating the strategy for the Core Template to drive Core Availability.
Overseeing Core Stock, Fashion Newness, and controlled Markdown Spend.
Planning, managing, and leading the team for the UK Buying Fairs.
Implementing a strategic buying approach and optimizing market opportunities.
Guiding and leading the Senior Merchandising team in utilizing trade planning tools.
Ensuring effective communication and execution of promotional strategies.
Establishing market awareness by monitoring competitor performance and trends.
Engaging in quarterly comp shops and market visits to drive a competitive price position.
Building strong relationships with Finance, M&S Operations Team, VM Team, and Marketing Team.
Engaging with key stakeholders to drive BU objectives and conducting engaging seasonal briefs.
Engaging the team with relevant objectives and providing continuous feedback and development opportunities.
Role modeling Al-Futtaim Way Behaviors and M&S Values, ensuring a high engagement score and succession plan.Application URL