As the digital innovation, consulting and transformation brand of the Capgemini Group, Capgemini Invent helps CxOs envision and build what’s next for their organizations. Located in more than 30 offices and 10 creative studios around the world, its 6,000+ strong team combines strategy, technology, data science and creative design with deep industry expertise and insights, to develop new digital solutions and business models of the future.
Capgemini Invent is an integral part of Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation. The Group is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. It is a multicultural company of over 220,000 team members in more than 40 countries. The Group reported 2019 global revenues of EUR 14.1 billion.
With the retail industry in the midst of one of the most profound periods of disruption and transformation, retailers need a partner to help them through this – a partner who helps them understand the issues, helps them define solutions and supports them on their journey of transformation.
What you’ll do
A Buying, Merchandising and Forecasting consultant at Capgemini Invent will generally find themselves working in a multi-disciplinary team, designing and delivering solutions for a large retailer and supporting them to embed change in their business. No one project or day is the same, activities might vary from attending strategic thinking ideation sessions, to running large workshops with client stakeholders through to detailed project planning on spreadsheets. Some of our most recent projects include full end to end supply chain transformations, merchandising transformations, new buying and merchandising system implementations plus data and insights projects and touchless forecasting projects.
As a subject matter expert, you will be expected to draw on your knowledge and experience of buying, merchandising and/or forecasting and use it to inform and shape solutions for our clients. We find that combining excellent consulting core skills with industry knowledge (and the knowledge of Capgemini colleagues in other parts of our business) ensures the work we do is best-practice and something to be proud of. Working collaboratively in this way is not only beneficial to our clients and the solutions we deliver, but also means Capgemini Invent is an inspiring place to work.
Change is already happening in how retailers source, plan, buy and trade their ranges. We are constantly developing our thinking around the future of buying, merchandising, forecasting and replenishment and you’ll also be a key part of developing this and making it a reality for our customers.
Retail Industry knowledge and experience
This expertise can be gained either through a career working in large or progressive retailers, or through delivering consulting assignments for large retail clients.
In particular, we require expertise in one or more of the following areas:
Buying , Sourcing & Vendor Management, Merchandising, Category Management, Inventory Management, Forecasting & Replenishment
A confident and collaborative attitude –
Collaboration is key to our business and we require consultants at all grades to be confident and capable building relationships in our own and our client’s businesses. Experience in consultancy methods and approaches is beneficial, but if joining from industry (with no or limited consulting experience) we find resilience and a proactive attitude to learning is essential.
Being able to articulate your views on the future of buying and merchandising and the retail sector in general is a must. We are looking for entrepreneurial individuals with the knowledge and creativity to deliver truly inventive solutions to our clients.
We expect candidates to have multi channel experience, and to understand how the buying, merchandising and forecasting functions impact and affect the wider retail supply chain up to and including customer fulfilment and/or store operations.
Experience of different retail sectors, including fashion, general merchandise and/or grocery business models, potentially with an international dimension, is also desirable.
Experience using or implementing key retail systems such as SAP Retail, Oracle or JDA is beneficial but not a necessity