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Merchandising Admin Assistant - Student Placement

Ralph Lauren
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
3 Jan 2024

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Company Description
Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration.

Position Overview
We are offering a 12-month internship at one of our two Ralph Lauren Head offices located in Watford and New Bond Street, London. The successful candidate will provide integral operational support to the Merchandising team, to ensure we achieve our department financial plans, and our seasonal strategies are realized from inception all the way to implementation in store. The successful candidate should be prepared to travel to one of these offices regularly and be available for a full year from 19th August 2024 - 31st August 2025. For this internship you should be on your year in industry at any University in the UK You must have the right to work in the UK and would need to provide it at the Assessment Day if successful in securing an interview

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
* Update reports on a weekly, monthly, and ad hoc basis.
* Attends and prepares for weekly trade meetings, over time being able to formulate and deliver a trade message independently.
* Provides accurate data to support analysis such as size as: size or colour performance.
* Owns the departments line cards, which are style level forecasting documents in excel. Forecasting sales units and the inventory. To ensure it is never out of stock.
* Systematically updates seasonal recodes which are the styles we carry from one season to the next.
* Owns department stock delivery schedule and communicates updates including early deliveries or delays.
* Assists with seasonal markdowns & communication to stores. Commercial Awareness
* Participate in regular store visits, collating store reports prior and assisting in creating follow up presentations.
* To undertake competitor visits on a regular basis and feedback any relevant points. Training and development
* To adopt a positive and proactive approach to their own training and development as well as that of their peers.
* Proactively promotes improvements to working practices and systems.
* Participates in company initiatives as appropriate Communications & Partnerships
* Creates and maintains strong working relationships within cross-functional teams: Buying, Allocations, RLE (our website team) and the retail store teams.
* Liaises with Assortment Planning and Buying partners to review and assist in the formation of the seasonal lessons learnt. Influencing future Buys, using analysis and historical data to ensure commercial decisions are made.

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

* Commercial and Analytical.
* Attention to detail.
* Able to work on own initiative and be pro-active.
* Able to demonstrates logical analysis and problem-solving skills.
* Able to organize, prioritise tasks and manages time well in order to meet deadlines
* Demonstrates good listening, written and oral communication skills, effectively and clearly communicates.
* Able to build and maintain productive relationships within team environment.
* Microsoft application skills, particularly Excel.
* Show ability or aptitude in retail mathematics and able to learn technical applications quickly.
* Able to demonstrate resilience and remain positive during challenging period


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