Merchandiser / Buyer Assistant – Salford

Merchandiser / Buyer Assistant – Placement


Forest Sofa Ltd


Position Ref.:




Contract Type


Contract Hours

Full Time

Remuneration/ Pay rate:

£18,000 pro-rata


Manchester, Salford


  • The Company

Forest Contract the commercial arm of parent company Forest Sofa Ltd is looking to expand its online product range.

Our company ethos is to Learn, Evolve, Adapt and Develop. This is demonstrated in the new products we produce each year and the new ways of working that our well respected and hard-working employees help make happen.

  • The Role

Following your review of Forest Contract’s existing product range you will explore other products offered by existing suppliers that are not currently in the Forest range. You will make recommendations for inclusion based on online research and assist with a pricing strategy following a competitor analysis.

Once you have justified your recommendation the fun starts:
You will be tasked with adding the products to the website, and digital catalogue and optimising the content to help gain visibility. Your new found product knowledge will need to be passed to the sales team, so you will assist the Contract Sales Manager in training the sales team on any new products you’ve found and introduced.

To generate some interest in your new products you will work with the marketing manager to develop an e-mail marketing campaign to promote your work, which will drum up interest leading to sales.

When existing suppliers have been saturated, working with the Contract Manager you will seek out prospective new partners, facilitate initial meetings and produce a proposal for the inclusion of any ‘new’ suppliers and products and the process will repeat again.

Throughout your placement, you will receive regular support and guidance from the Contract Sales Manager and members of the contract sales team.

Tangible measures of performance will be used to justify the offer of permanent placement, including:

Number of new products introduced;
No of new suppliers introduced;
Enquiries / Sales of new products;

  • The key skills you will need:


Strong business acumen, and the ability to spot opportunities in the product range, and more broadly across the entire business.

Outstanding copy-writing skills with excellent spelling and grammar

A solid e-commerce understanding, including best practice for optimising content for the web.

Accuracy and meticulous attention to detail.

An enthusiastic and positive outlook.

Self-motivation with strong organisation skills and an ability to work to deadlines

  • Person Skills

A results driven attitude and ongoing desire to learn and improve.

Outgoing, able to work as part of a team, and confident enough to liaise with existing or prospective suppliers.

  • Why Should You Apply?

You will gain first hand experience working in a established business.

Your performance will be directly measurable and skills transferable post placement.

Full time hours of work: 08.30 – 17.00 Monday to Thursday / 08.30 – 13.30 Friday. Working Hours: 37 per week

A Part time placement would also be considered – hours subject to negotiation.

Free onsite parking.

A dynamic working culture that is hard-working yet rewarding, guaranteed variety of work from day to day.

Opportunity to return to post following successful placement.


  • The Location

You will be based at our primary factory in Salford, located minutes outside Manchester City Centre and just off the East Lancashire road (A580). Salford Crescent Station and Salford Precinct are just a few minutes walk away.

Application procedures

Please review our website then send an e-mail using subject reference RM-SAL-MER-CON-FULL, please include a cover letter and a copy of your current CV.

Please state if you are looking for a part time, or full time placement and your preferred placement duration.

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