Merchandising Activity Planner

Job reference: 152681BR Previous
Location: Nottingham Support Office
Function area: Marketing and Brand
Shift pattern: Full-time
Contract type: Permanent
Hours per week: Over 35 hours per week
Merchandising Activity Planner, full time (37.5 hours per week), Nottingham Support Office

A role at the heart of Commercial Services, delivering a considered and consolidated Merchandising plan that optimises commercial opportunity whilst balancing capacity for our stores and supporting functions.

About the opportunity:

Reporting to the Senior Merchandising Manager, the Merchandising Activity Planner forms and governs the annual plan for merchandising rebuild implementation in our stores. The plan must balance commercial and market opportunities with available store resource throughout the year.

• Enable delivery of the commercial plan through phased Merchandising activity
• Develop future options for the Merchandising Activity Plan including differentiation by Format
• Liaise primarily with Merchandising, Retail Hub, Supply, Marketing and Trading to balance the competing needs of the business and form a plan all stakeholders are aligned behind
• Chair regular governance sessions supporting the general Merchandising process and report progress accordingly
• Monitor and report against key strategic initiatives such as Sku count management and Merchandising KPIs
• Develop forum and processes for exceptional incremental activity and any subsequent trade-off requirement
• Work collaboratively with a wide cross-functional team

About you:

• A self-starter able to manage multiple senior stakeholders and navigate difficult trade-off conversations
• A strong eye for detail, and the ability to work accurately and to deadlines whilst holding others to account for their role within the processes
• Strong technical skills in order to develop future-thinking and application of ambition
• Be able to embrace and positively react to change
• Have the confidence to share your ideas with a variety of stakeholders, and the ability to discuss and understand the views of others


We have a great range of benefits that go beyond salary and offer flexibility to suit you:

• Boots Pension Scheme
• 25 days holiday + bank holidays
• Discretionary annual bonus scheme
• Generous staff discount (Boots, Boot Opticians and Boots Hearing Care)
• £100 gift card for colleagues expecting/adopting a baby
• Access to corporate discounts, including retail, cinema, holidays etc (UK only)
• Discretionary annual bonus scheme
• Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
• Flexible benefits scheme (via salary sacrifice) including financial wellbeing support, gym membership, dental cover, life assurance, restaurant discount cards, activity passes, holiday buying and much more (exclusions may apply, eligible roles only)
• Onsite staff shop, opticians, gym, coffee shops, cafeteria, dry cleaning service and excellent travel links
*All rewards and benefits are subject to change and eligibility.

Why Boots

Our mission is to help everyone to feel good. This starts internally – with every colleague and every team. In our stores and pharmacies, our warehouses and our Support Office, we work together, putting our customers first and our colleagues at the heart of everything we do. We aim to attract, develop and retain the best people, with a huge range of opportunities for you to continue to grow with us… just bring your passion and commitment and we’ll do the rest.

Diversity, equity and inclusion is at the centre of everything we do in our business. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, passionate about embracing the diversity of our colleagues and providing a positive and inclusive working environment for all.

We offer a variety of flexible working patterns to support our colleagues to achieve a good work life balance, just speak to our Recruitment team to find out more.

What’s next

If your application is successful, our in-house recruitment team will be in touch to arrange an interview and to answer any initial questions you have. If you have not been successful on this occasion you will be notified by email.

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