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Trading & Merchandising Assistant

Party Pieces
On Application
Permanent, Full Time
Reading, UK


The Trading Assistant, you will support the Digital Trading Manager and Inventory Manager ensuring that sales and profit targets are met through the development of a commercial, well-balanced range in keeping with Brand guidelines. You will also learn to develop key cross functional relationships with both internal and external partners. A motivated, self-driven individual that is confident in liaising with suppliers and fellow colleagues.

Primarily, you’ll be responsible for:



  • Assist in building a balanced, customer focused range and on boarding products and suppliers
  • Provide administrative support to the business for new product introductions – including set-up  / categorisation / imagery on Brightpearl / Shopify
  • Create buy sheets for Buying reviews and price and margin calculations.
  • Manage critical path with varied lead times
  • Market aware; have a keen eye for new brands/suppliers. Be aware of competitor activity and pricing.
  • Work closely with marketing to provide input around product merchandising



  • To maintain regular communication with suppliers and to tackle issues in a timely manner
  • Sample management: request/track samples from suppliers to ensure timely photo shoots and reviews
  • Provide administrative support to the business for ongoing product management – including price changes, sales, etc.
  • Work closely with Inventory Manager to track all product into the business and ensure deadlines are met.
  • Work closely with marketing to provide input around product merchandising
  • Analyse trading information regularly to ensure exits and replenishments are effective and that risks and opportunities are identified


Requirements for the role:

  • Able to grasp systems with ease (e.g. Brightpearl, Shopify, Faire, Ankorstore)
  • Ability to multi-task and work across competing priorities
  • Computer literate – a wiz at Excel, Powerpoint, etc.
  • Experience with Photoshop a plus
  • A flair for problem solving
  • Experience working within an online environment is preferred
  • A love all things party and online retail


If you are interested in applying, please email your CV to