Assistant Merchandiser

Assistant Merchandiser
  • Eastleigh, Hampshire
  • Full Time - Permanent
  • Up to £40,000 per year
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About the role

Assistant Merchandiser - Showrooms - Kitchens


Up to £40,000 + Bonus + Pension + BUPA + ShareSave + 6.6 weeks holiday + Hybrid Working

Southampton, Store Support Office

We believe anyone can improve their home to make life better. From our Southampton Store Support office (SSO) we equip our stores, our people, and our whole business with everything it takes to help our millions of customers create a home they’ll love. Join us as an Assistant Merchandiser and you’ll be a big part of this.

At B&Q we have a hybrid approach to working to increase flexibility in when and where we work. For this role we are looking for someone to be able to work from our head office 3 days a week.

Key responsibilities

Work with the Category Merchandiser to curate and deliver an inspirational range that meets the needs of our customers. Within a specific sub category, you’ll use insights and analysis to maximise sales and margin (£GM & GM%) opportunities and market share across all channels, improving sales and profit density and stock efficiency.

Work alongside the Category Merchandiser to develop a category proposition that meets our customer needs, identifying opportunities and mitigating risk, whilst protecting sales, margin, stock efficiency and market share targets

  • Support the Category Merchandiser in creating a compelling range hierarchy, incorporating assortment, space, inventory and fulfilment principles, which reflects the category strategy and meets the needs of our customers across all channels, delivering our vision of supporting all customers with access to DIY/Trade products
  • Review and monitor subcategory performance, with the buying team, through reporting and analytics, take action to reflect changing sales and trends
  • Support in managing and creating sales and budget forecasts and associated business cases, including PIRs, for specific categories, ensuring shortfalls or risks to plan are identified and addressed
  • Work collaboratively with the Supply team to optimise availability, stock and sales whilst ensuring stock exit plans are in place to support range change activity (range, promotions, clearance) and are delivered to agreed targets
  • Own the Clean Stock process for clearance for the category
  • With the Range and Space team, identify and target areas to improve sales and profit density
  • Create line level promotional and range change sales and stock forecasts for all channels
  • Work collaboratively with the Commercial Planning team to ensure all products have appropriate fulfilment routes, maximising customer reach
  • With the Category Merchandiser, manage the product lifecycle including range performance, identifying, and optimising trading opportunities and the delivery of range reviews
  • Support the Merchandiser with the project management of small and medium range reviews, adhering to current processes and within time, cost and quality parameters
  • Work closely with the category assistants to support day to day trading activities including analysis, promotional activity sign off, stock management and range planning
  • Use support tools such as Yammer to share category information and respond to queries
  • Conduct regular store (digital & physical), competitor and vendor visits, to increase understanding of the market and support the creation of the trading plan and inform decisions
  • Manage and influence stakeholders across a range of levels, internally and externally, to support the delivery of KPIs
  • Undertake other duties from time to time as may be reasonably required

Required skills & experience

  • Previous experience of trading product ranges across multiple sales channels
  • Numerical and analytical with strong attention to detail
  • Commercially focussed with the ability to understand financial insights and translate this into key business deliverables
  • Knowledge and understanding of the home improvement market and product seasonality
  • Ability to understand customer insights and market trends
  • Ability to drive business performance using insights and knowledge to deliver an agile trading plan.
  • Ability to understand and manage complex range architecture
  • Strong communicator
  • Ability to build relationships at all levels
  • Commercial and financial awareness
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office skills, in particular Excel and PowerPoint
  • Prior merchandising/ retail experience

Career progression

What's in it for me?

As well as a competitive salary, our benefits package includes an award-winning pension scheme, bonus, ShareSave options, 6.6 weeks holiday, payroll giving, an Employee Assistance Programme, shopping discounts, colleague wellbeing benefits and lots more!

As part of a great team, you’ll be supported to grow and encouraged to explore new career directions within the business and the wider group. And, because you’ll be inspiring great things for our customers and the whole business, you’ll do work worth caring about.

We want to ensure that all employees, future employees and applicants to all Kingfisher companies are treated equally regardless of age, gender, marital or civil partnership status, colour, ethnic or national origin, culture, religious belief, philosophical belief, political opinion, disability, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. 

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Learn & Develop at B&Q

When you join B&Q, we want you to be all you can be. From the minute you walk through our doors to the exciting moment you make that next career move, we're here to help you make the most of every opportunity. Thanks to our friendly learning system, Mylo, we make sure you always have the support you need to take on every challenge and fit your learning around your life. Here, we know that the best way to grow is together. 

Flexible learning with Mylo

Mylo is your every day, on the go learning and development partner. Helping you build the knowledge you need now and in the future. With Mylo, you can access training and content, anywhere, anytime and on any device. You can even influence the type of training on offer by rating and recommending content, and letting us know what we can do to improve. Award-winning and featuring over 150 different learning activities - like short videos, articles, workshops and webinars - think of Mylo as your 24/7 training pal, designed to help you make the most of your B&Q career journey.

Developing in role

Learning never stops at B&Q. Whether you've been in your role for one day or five years, there's always something to be curious about. It's why we're always creating learning opportunities and experiences that'll give you the chance to develop your skills. Like our First Line Manager programme: a course that helps our newest line managers build their confidence and management skills. Or our Leadership Development programme that challenges our more experienced leaders to reflect on and adapt their approach for our ever-evolving ways of working.

Building expertise and know-how

We believe anyone can learn the technical skills to do their job with excellence. It's all about attitude and behaviour here. So, if you're passionate about customer service and design, we'll teach you how to create beautiful kitchens. If you're someone who loves being outdoors, we'll help you learn about our garden ranges. And, if you're someone who just loves what we do but doesn't know where to start, we'll help you find the perfect role for you to grow into. 

Accelerated Development Talent Programmes

Whatever goal you're working to at B&Q, we want to help you get there. We do this by designing a number of programmes which help you to practice your skills and learn new ones, gain valuable experiences, learn from others and jump on opportunities that are right for you. From leaders taking their first steps into management to those simply looking for a new challenge, we're there to make sure you achieve your ambitions.


At B&Q, we want every new colleague to understand our values, our customers, and how we work together to achieve our purpose. That’s why we’ve designed an induction programme that’ll give you real insight into our business, our culture and help you feel included from day one. For your first few weeks on the job you’ll work with your team and line manager, mixing online learning with practical tasks, to grow your knowledge a little every day.


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Our Store Support Office sits within B&Q House and supports our colleagues and stores right across the UK and Ireland. In our bespoke, modern and eco-friendly building just north of Southampton, you’ll find a friendly team of talented people in a huge range of roles.

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In B&Q house, you’ll enjoy an onsite gym, a subsidised Costa, a canteen and restaurant, prayer room, plus open plan and cosy work spaces, an outdoor picnic area, and bike sheds for those who cycle in.


B&Q House has a biomass boiler, solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system. Our building also makes use of upcycled and recycled furniture and fittings, and features natural ventilation, heat retention and CO2 management, all via our very own weather station on the roof.

choose us?

Why Commercial at B&Q?

We want every visit to every one of our stores to be the start of something big for our customers. So, to go with the excellent service, our Commercial colleagues offer our customers a product range that ignites their imagination and kits them out with everything they need to tackle their boldest projects. 

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Assistant Merchandiser

  • Eastleigh, Hampshire
  • Full Time - Permanent
  • Up to £40,000 per year