The number of Senior Merchandise Planners in the market has increased as many Big Box and FMCG retailers have undergone internal restructures. This has resulted in redundancies or changes in the job descriptions of existing staff.
We have seen an increase in the number of temporary roles being registered, as companies are keen to test candidates before committing to permanent hires.
There has been some movement at the Senior/Executive level of the market which has created new opportunities. Hiring processes are lengthy at all levels, especially with senior appointments.
In terms of skills in demand for the April – June 2015 quarter, we’re seeing a high demand for Senior Merchandise Planners who can take ownership of the planning function. This is a result of many retailers streamlining the planning function in an attempt to cut costs. Companies are not investing in retail IT systems, so are relying on highly technical and analytic senior planners to get outcomes.
There is a high level of recruitment at the Store Manager level in the Big Box space with tough competition for strong Store Managers among the key players. There is particular demand for candidates with high volume operations experience.
Sales Consultants in luxury fashion are also sought after due to high levels of retention among the leading brands. As the luxury market in Sydney continues to grow, these candidates are increasingly in demand.
Retail candidates are looking for opportunities to work in different categories to broaden their skillset. For example, Merchandise Planners are looking for roles that provide exposure to other areas (footwear, accessories and apparel) rather than focusing on one division.