Castore exists for one single reason – to make athletes better. Our ethos is built upon the philosophy of BETTER NEVER STOPS, an ideal deeply infused in our DNA and something we strive to live every single day. We utilise advanced engineering and unique technical fabrics to create the highest quality sportswear in the world for athletes who demand the very best. Designed with a passion for innovation with specialist features to help to optimise athletic performance in all conditions.
The founders’ vision is to build Castore into a brand respected across the globe for a deep and unrelenting commitment to engineering the highest quality sportswear in the world, with no stone left unturned in its search for innovation and performance enhancement.
The sportswear market has been dominated by a small clique of mass-market brands and the vision is for Castore to be a premium alternative to these, the natural brand of choice for discerning athletes who demand the very best.
An exciting role has been made available for a Wholesale Business Operations Analyst to join our team to facilitate and support the growth of sales and other departments globally.
As Castore continues to develop our product range in line with some of the world’s leading athletes, you will be responsible for supporting our growing business by enhancing operational excellence through standardisation of processes, planning, analysis and tools.
As a key member of the Wholesale Team, you will assume a key operational role in our relationship with our customers, whilst also leading cross functional work with internal colleagues across our Category Management, Finance, IT & Operations teams, helping drive the customer needs that will help us deliver against our ambitious growth plan.
•Process Improvement - provide cross-departmental support which will increase productivity and reduce complexity ensure continuous improvement in GTM processes and tools in conjunction with Category Management Team. Producing monthly inbound prioritisation reports to support the operations department
•Training and Technology for the Sales Force - help adopt and implement new technologies and processes across all operations. Provide training sessions for new technology and tools
•Strategic Planning & Dedicated Strategic Account Analysis - working closely with the strategic accounts internal stakeholders and to foster effective relationships between customer and Castore stakeholders. Identifying revenue opportunities and enable revenue growth through sales tools and planning processes. With competitor analysis, highlight threats to Castore's business and seek out new product opportunities and current gaps in the marketplace. Support the strategic planning process
•SLT and Sales Team Support - ownership of the monthly financial terms tracking. Proactively identify daily business opportunities and shortfalls in forward orders. Analysis of year-on-year orderbook variances and deep dive into increases / decreases. Support of the sales forecasting process, delivering analysis and insight in terms of highlighting any major variances. Provide cross-functional support through ad-hoc and periodical reporting including presentation and data support. Support and help maintain showroom standards
•Inventory Management - assistance in inventory management through providing regular opportunity reports and stock risk issues, proactively suggesting remedial actions needed. Support Category Management in the sample demand process across all key and strategic account
Skills & Qualities
Skills and Experience:
•Quick, bright, talented and adaptable
•Ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines
•Excellent Microsoft Office Package skills – highly proficient Excel skills required. Power-BI would be considered a plus
•Able to manipulate and present data from numerous sources according to end user requirements
•A good level of planning and organising skills
•Have a solution-oriented mindset
•Outstanding analytical and numerical skills
•Able to interact with others in a lively and demanding sales environment
•Outgoing, open personality with a desire to learn and develop
•Able to work as part of a team
•Customer and end consumer focused mindset
•Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy
•Self-motivating with an ability to work on own initiative
•Commercially aware with an active interest in Sports and Fashion
•Well-developed problem-solving skills
•Have a Better Never Stops Attitude
•Outstanding Computer Literacy (Microsoft suite) Excel, Word, Outlook, Power BI, Teams
•Excellent presentation skills
•Excellent numeric skills
•Excellent interpersonal skills
•Be a Team Player
•Be results Driven
•Share our ambitious outlook
•Have a Better Never Stops Attitude
What We Offer
- Competitive salary
- Bonus scheme
- 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
- Modern city centre offices in Manchester
- An opportunity to work with global sporting partners
- Office breakout space with pool tables, dart board and TV’s
- A chance to build a career with a fast paced, high growth brand
- Employee assistance programme
- Generous staff discount