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  • Posted: Jul 6, 2022
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Clicks Group is a retail-led healthcare group which has been listed on the JSE Limited since 1996. Through market-leading retail brands Clicks, GNC, The Body Shop and Claire's, the group has over 840 stores across southern Africa. Clicks Group is a leader in the healthcare market where Clicks has the largest retail pharmacy chain with over 620 in-store pharm...
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    Assortment Optimisation Analyst

    Job Purpose:

    To determine the optimal product mix through translating assortment selection criteria from shopper insights, sales performance data and shelf productivity/ inventory turns to influence sales growth.

    Job Objectives:

    • To define and take responsibility for the optimal product assortment and develop and maintain assortment plans for the Category while investigating category trends of top and bottom performing products on a regular basis and providing recommendations to the Category team
    • Drive new product line and assortment strategies with the buyers to ensure innovation and alignment with our customer profiles.
    • Consult with merchandise leadership on the right product mix and assortment related to what their customer cares about most and ensure that this is supported by current data.
    • Executing category Business Reviews (BR) and Product Line Reviews (PLR) for a designated department and should be seen by merchants as a thought leader on category and assortment strategy.
    • Perform analysis of SKU and historical product performance to assist the Category teams with the development of the assortment definition and wedge
    • Develop item and SKU level plans that project the inventory required to place purchase orders and achieve sales, margin, and turn goals
    • Use Assortment optimisation and other available data and tools to analyse performance and build plans
    • Align item plans to category strategies, merchandise plans and open-to-buy, assessing tradeoffs from inclusion of new items, providing merchandise financial planning recommendations
    • Analyze actual business performance relative to plans and trends, reporting variances to plan Clicks Group ~ Job Profile Template Page 3 of 5
    • Provide item level guidance to the planning teams as well as item level guidance to product development and store clustering, ensuring alignment to assortment goals
    • Prepare reports required for analysis including recap of seasonal performance, marketplace and macroeconomic trends impacting the category, vendor portfolio strengths and weaknesses including private brand, store clustering and propose action plans to capitalize on opportunities and mitigate risks
    • Advocate for implementing assortment planning best practices across the portfolio of categories.
    • Provide subject matter expertise, project management and analytical support to assortment decisions made by the merchandising organization during category reviews.
    • Work in collaboration with Merchants to determine category review goals and objectives, conduct standard and ad hoc analysis to identify key drivers of performance, recommend assortment decisions that will improve category performance and develop financial plans that reflect category changes. ,
    • Identifying key product attributes and regional performance.
    • Develop and report out to senior management analysis including historical category performance, strategic rationale underpinning assortment decisions and expected financial impact.

    Minimum requirements


    • Bachelor's degree

    Job Experience:

    • At least 3 years of experience in retail or e-commerce, focusing on merchandising assortment and planning/analysis.

    Job Related Knowledge and Skills:

    • Background in business intelligence tools data mining techniques
    • Experience working on multiple categories, using facts, to determine best assortment that exceeds customer expectations.
    • Aptitude to assess and analyze internal & external data points & insights, managing, facilitate & deliver focused opportunity targets and vendor negotiation opportunity
    • Analytically minded with strong logic and organizational skills
    • Technical aptitude – ability to pull, organize and prioritize data to improve decision making process to optimise range.
    • Advanced analytical and problem solving skills Clicks Group ~ Job Profile Template Page 4 of 5
    • strong and trend analysis experience
    • Detail oriented with knowledge of retail and mathematical modelling
    • Strong ability to work in multi-task and fastpaced environment
    • Ability to partner with cross-functional teams at all levels across a complex organization
    • Ability to get results despite a large workload, competing demands and working in a fast paced environment
    • Ability to effectively prioritize multiple demands, adjust to change quickly and work constructively under pressure
    • Ability to structure nebulous projects and to work constructively under tight deadlines
    • Ability to influence peers and business partners without authority


    • Deciding and Initiating Action
    • Persuading and Influencing
    • Presenting and Communicating Information
    • Applying Expertise and Technology
    • Analysing
    • Learning and Researching
    • Planning and Organising
    • Delivering Results & Meeting Customer Expectations
    • Entrepreneurial and Commercial Thinking

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