Format & Trade Planner

30 Sep 2021
30 Oct 2021
Full Time
Contract Type

WHSmith is one of the UK’s most successful and established retailers. As our Travel UK business continues to grow, there has never been a more exciting time to join the team. As the business grows, we are focussing now more than ever on our key formats and how we plan to maximise trade within each of these. 

We are looking for a Format and Trade Planner to join our Commercial Planning Team to plan and co-ordinate a range of exciting initiatives across our formats. You will also be instrumental in outlining our strategy within airports, hospitals and train stations including how we shape the proposition, plan promotions and talk to customers.

This role would suit a confident and outgoing project manager, an experienced store manager with great organisational and planning skills and a strategic mindset or someone from a commercial background looking for a sideways move and the opportunity to shape the wider commercial plan.

The role is one where your ability to engage, inspire and influence others will be key to success. If you love building plans, working them through the teams around you and delivering great things to be proud of, then this could be the ideal role for you.

What you’ll be doing:
•    Analyse and understand the performance of our formats
•    Understand the customer need/missions within a format
•    Be the central point of contact for marketing activity within our formats
•    Help set the format strategy
•    Bring together the commercial proposition in a format including key spaces and front of store
•    Ensure space, range, price, range & promotions in a format matches format strategy
•    Work with the store operations team to understand feedback and opportunity
•    Shape the future development of the format through trials
•    Support in the planning, delivery and review of key initiatives and projects across formats

What we are looking for:
•    Excellent communication and influencing skills with the ability to interact at all levels of seniority and gain buy-in from cross-functional peers
•    A ‘can do’ attitude with the ability to manage any challenges 
•    Ability to deal with ambiguity, and provide clarity to project teams
•    A team player who can self-manage, yet is willing and able to support colleagues and share best practice
•    Previous experience in commercial, projects or store roles is essential
•    Ability to plan and prioritise multiple activities and juggle prioritise effectively
•    Experience of managing high profile, time critical projects or you could be a naturally organised person and enjoy managing a process from start to finish is desirable
•    Some level of analysis experience and an analytical mindset to interpret trends
•    Ability to understand and process information and extract key details

What’s in it for you?
We’re a company that values our people; from day one you will receive ongoing support and have access to our various training and development programmes as well as exciting career development opportunities for your future. We offer a wide range of benefits to say thank you for all your hard work including; a competitive salary, a profit related bonus, 24 days holiday plus your birthday off, pension, as well as other perks such as our popular holiday trading scheme.


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