Management Consultant – Retail -Buying, Merchandising and Forecasting

Who you’ll be working with

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.

The focus of your role
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. 
Our Retail Supply Chain consulting team brings together retail experts across all disciplines – from buying and merchandising, to fulfilment and store operations. We bring to the table deep industry expertise, practical lived experience, a collaborative and can-do attitude that inspires progress and change in our clients. In order to continue our growth and expand the knowledge we have, we are now looking to recruit more high calibre Retail Buying, Merchandising & Forecasting consultants to bring new ideas and perspectives into our team and the work we do.  

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.  

What you’ll bring

Our most successful retail supply chain consultants generally bring three things
1) Retail Industry knowledge and experience 
Our most successful consultants truly are subject matter experts in their domain. 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
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 
2) 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. 
3) Thought-leadership 
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 also find the below personal attributes are beneficial: 
• A sharp intellect, with strong problem solving skills as well as an ability to analyse data and formulate conclusions/recommendations. 
• The ability to communicate clearly and efficiently, both verbally and in written form 
• A can-do attitude to project delivery, capable of working independently as well as in teams in our collaborative but sometimes demanding project environment
• Consulting professionalism and flexibility – you’ll be able to adjust positively to situations that involve changing tasks and/or location, shifting priorities or ambiguity.

WHY JOIN US? What makes Capgemini Invent unique?

You’ll be free to make your role and your career what you want it to be.  Proactivity and ambition flourish at Capgemini Invent. There are countless opportunities available to propel your development forward: seek out those that suit you, and we will back you all the way.  In summary, we believe the following make this a great place to work:

• Show how single minds make for better teams:  Work alongside fierce intellects who love to collaborate.
• Be comfortable outside your comfort zone:  Self-stretchers thrive in our environment.
• Build momentum in your career: Make your role and your career what you want it to be.
• Stay true to who you are: Play to your strengths and bring your individuality.
• Aim for nothing less than leading edge: We thrive on the knowledge that the Digital work we do has real impact.
• Give your curiosity freedom and focus:  A place where inquisitiveness and entrepreneurial thinking are encouraged.

Whilst you will have London as an office base location, you must be fully flexible in terms of assignment location, as these roles may involve periods of time away from home at short notice.

We offer a remuneration package which includes fixed salary, and in addition for Senior Consultant and above, you will receive variable compensation dependent on company and personal performance.  We also offer flexible benefits options for you to choose to suit your own personal circumstances.

Capgemini positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We are committed to hiring, developing and retaining the best people to deliver innovative, world-class solutions for our clients.  We foster an inclusive culture that enables everyone to achieve their full potential and enjoy a fulfilling career with us. Our comprehensive flexible benefits package and lifestyle policies enable our employees to balance their individual, family and work-life needs.

In order to commence a role with Capgemini UK plc you will be required to provide documentary proof prior to joining the Company that you are entitled to live and work in the UK.

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Posted on:

October 30, 2020

Experience level:

Experienced Professional

Contract type:

Permanent Full Time