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Retail

October – December 2014

Hotspots

Buyers – Competition remains fierce among supermarket retailers, which has led to experienced Buyers being highly sought after. This is especially true for leading supermarkets that are restructuring their operations.

Retail Managers – Due to the high turnover in high street fashion retail management roles, companies prefer to outsource rather than source area manager roles internally. Candidates with a flair for fashion and an eye for detail are sought.

Operations Managers (FMCG and QSR) – As companies develop and move people up through their organisations, vacancies for Operations Managers in fast moving consumer goods companies and quick service restaurants arise frequently.

Sales Consultants – Employers are looking candidates with previous experience in face-to-face customer relations. Retailers have recently been focusing on securing full-time Sales Consultants in order to decrease store turnover. Provided a candidate has great potential, employers will consider them and offer training to ensure they become product experts.

Merchandise Planners – Merchandise Planners are in demand for their advanced analytic and reporting skills. Often specific systems experience is very niche. Candidates that can provide office administration in a planning and merchandise environment are particularly sought after by large big box companies for temporary and contract roles.

Trends

The number of senior candidates has increased in recent month and this has led to more choice for employers, resulting in hiring processes taking longer to complete.

Candidates with people skills who are able to build rapport and maintain relationships with customers are highly sought. In fashion retail operations, employers are hiring as and when necessary.
 

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